Our Hero of the month for December is Abdin Ahmed who volunteers at Sir John Cass‘s Foundation and Red Coat Church of England Secondary School in East London, having previously mentored at the John Kelly Boys Secondary School in Neasden, London and at Highview Primary School. A Data Centre Senior Technical Support Analyst at Dentons- a global firm, Abdin has mentored for Mosaic since 2009. He has been chosen for his commitment and outstanding contribution. Thank you Abdin!
How long have you been volunteering as a Mosaic mentor for?
Since January 2009, which was then known as John Kelly Boys School in Neasden.
What motivated you to want to become a mentor?
A lot of things, but mainly to ‘give back to the community’, if I could change one person’s life for the better then my job here is done… though one is not enough, I want to change the world!
Please tell us about a particular rewarding or special experience you have had as a mentor?
I have had many but one which stands out is when we done a mock court case with proper seating arrangements at Sir John Cass including a judge, jury and both defence teams. It was seeing one young chap who WAS extremely shy stand up in front of the whole class & question me (the accused) with such full on confidence, I was actually feeling intimidated!!
What have you found challenging about mentoring?
Worrying if a session will go down well, all mentee’s will be different in the way they take in a lesson, it is always nerve racking when you are the only one laughing at a joke… Though with experience you learn what will work.
And what do you do when you’re not volunteering?
When I am not working and being a geek? I am a huge petrol head so spend my time working on my car, arranging European road trips, attending race events and a number of other hobbies. Recently becoming a Dad has kept me err quite busy!
Would you recommend being a Mosaic mentor to others?
Without a doubt! I have recommended quite a few and will look to recruit overs, it is a noble cause and even if you don’t see it from the charity perspective and helping young people to nurture, you also have an opportunity to develop yourself as a person, gain new skillsets and build on your confidence.
What makes a good mentor?
All mentors bring different things to the table just as mentee’s vary in the way they learn but the main things are a mentor which is confident, who has a good sense of humour and most importantly someone who is very good at listening… they want to be heard.