Cherron first became involved with Mosaic in Autumn 2012 and since then, Frederick Bremer Secondary School has benefitted from having her as their Lead Mentor.
Although Cherron found the idea of mentoring daunting at first, she actively turned her apprehension into action, doing everything she could to feel more confident as a mentor! Cherron took the initiative to contact all the other mentors at her school and arrange a coffee meeting to plan the mentoring sessions. Since then she has taken a proactive role in preparing the sessions and delegating tasks to the appropriate members of the group.
London Programmes Coordinator Anu Atewologun said of working with Cherron: “I am so very pleased that Cherron has won this award. Working with her is both a pleasure and great joy to me as I know that she will do her utmost to ensure young people benefit from our work and engagement. I look forward to many more future partnerships with her and wonder how many secondary schools she will be supporting by Autumn 2013 when we deliver our next round of programmes!”
We are thrilled to have such an inspiring mentor, who will make a great impact on the students! Our thanks and congratulations go to Cherron!
We asked Cherron a few questions about herself and her mentoring experiences.
How long have you been volunteering as a Mosaic mentor for?
After the training in September 2012, I started mentoring at Frederick Bremer school (Waltham Forest) in November 2012.
What motivated you to want to become a mentor?
I am a great believer in the quote “those who water, will always be watered.” I enjoy helping people understand their potential, and how to maximise it to achieve their dreams. In doing so, I develop myself.
Please tell us about a particular rewarding or special experience you have had as a mentor.
In the session about learning styles, it was lovely to see the students understand why they like certain subjects and disliked others. Some of them committed to telling their teachers their learning style and identify ways in which they could improve in the subjects they weren’t good at (I wish someone told me this when I was at school!!)
In one of the early sessions, I asked the mentees/students what are some of the ways in which we should all work together. One of them said “I want us to be like a family…supporting and respecting each other”….and all the other students agreed with him. I thought that was just wonderful.
What have you found challenging about mentoring?
My greatest challenge is delivering the right information in a way they can understand and, more importantly, use in their everyday life.
And what do you do when you’re not volunteering?
I was a civil servant but now I’m doing some writing.
Would you recommend being a Mosaic mentor to others?
Absolutely! You learn a lot about yourself and the students really keep you on your toes.
What makes a good mentor?
- Someone who cares enough to help students be the best they can be
- A sense of humour
- Ability to see the students as they can be not as they are
- Time and Patience
- Willingness to learn from the students/mentors/teachers
Would you like to be a mentor like Cherron? We are recruiting more mentors across the UK and we would love to hear from you. Find out more about how you can get involved.