Mosaic is delighted to announce Kamran Rashid as our Hero of the Month for April 2016.
Kamran has been mentoring for two years in the Mosaic secondary school programme at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford.
We asked him about his mentoring experiences with Mosaic.
What motivated you to want to become a mentor?
I believe mentoring has the potential to turn the lives of young people around, I had a few good mentors growing up and know what a positive difference they made on me.
I have been fortunate that I have had some amazing experiences in my life and I want to share the learning from them with the students on the Mosaic programme.
What makes Mosaic the right programme for me is that they work with young people who are similar to what I was like at their age and from similar backgrounds, so it’s a perfect match.
Please tell us about a particular rewarding or special experience you have had as a mentor?
Seeing the young people develop during the course of the mentoring programme is great. Our final session included a presentation and seeing the young people use the skills that the team has taught them over the year reassures us that we have made a difference however big or small.
What have you learned from your time as a mentor?
Don’t take your skills and experiences for granted, sharing them with the mentees is immensely powerful and inspiring.
And what do you do when you’re not volunteering?
I am a full time Social Entrepreneur who makes my living by working on projects that make a difference to people and planet. My social enterprise, The Socially Conscious Company, has recently taken over a large Grade 2 listed building in Little Germany Bradford, which I am looking at converting into a centre for enterprise and innovation.
In addition to this I work for national and international charities working with them on a range of topics but mainly around youth engagement.
When not working I enjoy spending time with family, friends and my young daughter. I enjoy eating great food with great company.
Would you recommend being a Mosaic mentor to others?
Absolutely! You receive a great deal of support through the Mosaic regional team, the teachers at the school are hugely supportive and you are part of a talented team of mentors, so once you are over the initial nerves they is not much to worry about.
What makes a good mentor?
The biggest piece of advice I would give to anyone thinking of becoming a mentor is to take some time and reflect on what it was like being a young person yourself.
What advice would you liked to have received then? What support might you have needed? What would you have liked a mentor to have told you? And that’s what makes a good mentor, having the ability to relate to the young people.
How do you feel about receiving the Hero of the Month Award?
I feel humbled and genuinely surprised at receiving this award, as I was only one person in a great team that made the experience.
If there was only one piece of advice you could give to a young person to achieve success, what would that be?
Believe in yourself!
We are all better than we know; if only we can be brought to realise this, we may never again be prepared to settle for anything less.
– Kurt Hahn