During this academic year we have been working with Unleashing Potential, a charity that uses an extensive network of professionals to facilitate its own projects, and our new delivery partner for Luton.
Mosaic’s National Director, Jonathan Freeman commented: “We couldn’t be more pleased with how the pilot in Luton has gone. We are so convinced that the mentoring approach works, showcased by our recent recognition by the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award to Mosaic, we want even more young people to benefit from it. This new partnership with Unleashing Potential facilitates this roll out, and is yet another example of how Mosaic actively seeks out mutually beneficial partnerships to deliver its programmes.”
The highly successful pilot concluded on 2 July at Luton Sixth Form College with a presentation ceremony that celebrated the achievements of the students that took part; and recognised the commitment of the mentors who so generously gave up their time to be involved. The mentors, many of them former students at the college, worked with the students during the monthly themed sessions on issues such as revision strategies, workload planning and overcoming adversity.
Amar Azam, trustee of Unleashing Potential, which runs numerous skills development projects in Luton, as well as in Africa through its Project Malawi programme, was thrilled with the achievements of the partnership with Mosaic. Amar commented: “Unleashing Potential recognises the invaluable work that Mosaic carries out in communities all around the country and we were pleased with the outcomes of the project that took place in partnership with Luton Sixth Form College.”
Amar went on: “Mosaic’s values align with our own and for this reason, we were delighted to support the work that they wanted to undertake at a great educational institution that has a strong relationship with the business community in the town. The partnership is a natural fit and I foresee the continuation of this.”
The students involved were all first year A Level students. Imran Bashir, 17, spoke positively about his experiences of the project: “I really enjoyed being involved in the programme, It was enjoyable spending time to get to know the mentors and I really think I have benefited from being involved.”
Luton Sixth Form College Principal, Chris Nicholls said: “We have had some excellent feedback from our students who have praised the professionalism of their mentors in supporting them. Success in anything requires a lot of hard work, resilience and the ability to manage distractions and remain focused. It is hard work but definitely worth it when the results mean a student can progress to a top university or reputable employer. The experience of the mentors and their ‘tips of the trade’ have been a real help to our students. We are looking forward to even more mentors volunteering to work with our students in September.”
Mosaic South East is now recruiting mentors to support programme delivery commencing in the autumn term. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor should contact firstname.lastname@example.org