We are very pleased to announce Imtiaz Mussa is our July Hero of the Month.
Imtiaz is part of the teaching faculty in Carlton Bolling College in Bradford. He works with students who have special educational needs or behavioural issues that are preventing them from achieving their potential.
When Imtiaz is not in the school environment he is involved with community programmes linking back into the school during evenings and weekends.
For the past 12 months, Imtiaz, has been a mentor for the Mosaic Ex-offender Programme and is also involved in the Mosaic Secondary Mentoring Programme at Carlton Bolling College.
Commenting on the accolade, Yorkshire Regional Manager Nabila Ayub said: “This recognition is so well deserved. Imtiaz is invaluable to Mosaic, the experience he brings to both programmes is immensely important. He is well respected by all he comes into contact with and I am so proud to have him on the team. Saying ‘Thank you’ doesn’t sum up our gratitude to Imtiaz.”
How long have you been volunteering as a Mosaic mentor for?
I have been volunteering as a Mosaic Mentor for almost two years.
What motivated you to want to become a mentor?
I wanted to make a change to a person’s life and give them a chance. I am a strong believer in mentoring and the benefits it can give those who may need a little extra support. I myself have gained from people I have met and from society and I wanted to put that back in and help make a life for someone else.
Please tell us about a particular rewarding or special experience you have had as a mentor
Together with my mentee from the Ex-offenders programme we worked to fundraise to raise money for a very worthwhile cause, an Orphanage in Gambia. The Orphanage is called the Gambian Orphan Society and was in desperate need of support. My mentee has sole responsibility with other ex-offenders, to raise funds by organising events and tournaments with youngsters. At the same time we educate them about the dangers of drugs, crime and the law.
What have you learned from your time as a mentor?
I have seen what it means to give someone a chance, especially those who through bad influence or neglect just need a shoulder to cling onto so they can motivate themselves to a brighter future – and see an alternative route to follow.
What have you found challenging about mentoring?
In the first few sessions I simply could not build that trust needed to build a relationship with my mentee. His self-esteem was so low and thought that all I was offering was a talk shop. It took a while but finally with help from other offenders on the programme and time, now we are like a little family.
And what do you do when you’re not volunteering?
I have created my own little circle with some of the Ex–offenders we have helped through the programme. We spend our time helping out with other organisations.
What makes a good mentor?
This is simple to answer – the best thing you can do is to fulfil your promise to be non-judgmental. This creates a good relationship with the mentee and they will know that you are there for them no matter what.
How do you feel about receiving the Hero of the Month Award?
I am so proud of myself and would like to recommend mentoring to others – give it a go. Life is all about helping each other.
If there was only one piece of advice you could give to a young person to achieve success, what would that be?
Always think positive!!
Any other personal reflections?
Just a big thanks to MOSAIC for having me on this scheme. If I can make this work and be successful then I’m hopeful that my mentees will follow in my footsteps and give back to make a change to someone else’s life.
Become a Mosaic mentor
Would you like to be a mentor like Imtiaz? 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.