She has been a Mosaic mentor since February 2015; her interest first sparked by an internal work email highlighting the various mentoring opportunities available with the charity.
Keri started her mentoring journey with Mosaic by supporting the Primary School programme and enjoyed the experience so much that she volunteered to offer her time on the Enterprise Challenge and Secondary School programmes as well.
She explained: “It’s really good to be part of the Mosaic Community; there is a wealth of support and determination to do a great job. The whole process is rewarding and I’ve learned a lot, including how to listen effectively and understand that everyone is at different stages in terms of how they learn.”
Keri said her main role as a mentor is to help pupils with building their confidence and that though her listening, using open questions and spending time to plan sessions, mentees are nearly always able to find solutions to problems.
Through her mentoring on the Enterprise Challenge programme with Washwood Heath Academy in Birmingham, Keri identified two pupils in particular who showed real promise.
She said: “They enthusiastically joined in with all the activities, asked relevant challenging questions and worked well in their teams. They provided support to their peers and built up rapport with the mentors and modelled good business skills; it was great to mentor them!”
Keri subsequently nominated the pupils for the West Midlands ‘High Sheriff Awards’, which recognise young people who have creatively excelled beyond their ambitions and expectations.
Both pupils went on to win an award, each receiving an engraved medal and certificate at a special event held at Birmingham Museum and art gallery in celebration of the end of term for the 2015/2016 High Sheriff of the West Midlands, Jonnie Turpie MBE.
Lord and Lady Mayors, members of the local community and business leaders within Birmingham were all present to offer their congratulations.