Students from two schools in our London region met business leaders from a host of high-profile companies on 7th November to tell them about the real challenges facing young people, in particular young girls, today.
The visit was part of our Seeing is Believing (SIB) events, first set up by our patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, in 1990. The visits aim to inspire and engage senior business leaders but also to raise their awareness of the issues facing young people in our most disadvantaged communities across the country. In the past 5 years alone, almost 3,000 business leaders have been a part of the unique visits.
Pupils from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Secondary School in North London and Thomas Buxton Primary School in East London, met senior figures from companies as diverse as: Lloyds Banking Group plc, Khalid Javid & Co, Capita Group, and Ford UK. Visit delegates also included Baroness Scotland QC, Lord Verjee and the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Education. During the visit the students spoke candidly about the challenges they have faced and how they overcome them.
The visit leader, David Harris, Co-CEO of Hogan Lovells International LLP, is also leading Hogan Lovell’s participation in BITC’s Business Class campaign and has been actively involved with our Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge.
Abbie Smith, Marketing Manager at Gatehouse Bank and a Mosaic mentor commented: “Mentoring the girls is already proving such a remarkable experience, and having their mums involved too is fantastic – open discussions about role models and communities not only makes the girls think, but the mums too. I also benefit from the sessions, it’s humbling to see the impact of giving something back. We have a great group at Thomas Buxton primary, the staff are very supportive of the Mosaic programme and I hope that the recent SIB visit showed how important it is to invest time in instilling soft skills such as self-confidence and communication in these young girls, who are essentially tomorrow’s women in business.”
Jonathan Freeman, Mosaic National Director, said: “Through The Prince’s Seeing is Believing visits, we invite senior business leaders and other influential people to look at key issues of social concern. By talking with these young people face-to-face they are able to learn more about the challenges and concerns they encounter. We hope these visits will inspire members of the business community to do what they can to support other young people who face difficult futures ahead.”
After the Seeing Is Believing event, Mosaic will continue to work with delegates to see how they can get involved. A report of the visit, with submissions from the delegates is sent to our Patron The Prince of Wales who reviews the outcomes on an annual basis.
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