An interim report by NatCen Social Research provides new information about how mentored teenagers feel about Mosaic’s secondary school mentoring programme.
Overall findings revealed participants believed the programme was helpful to them, particularly in terms of improving their confidence and self-efficacy. Survey findings also indicate some improvements in young people’s levels of confidence, employability and self-efficacy.
The survey of participants was complemented by in-depth qualitative interviews to explore the attitudes and feelings of a group of mentees before and after participating in Mosaic’s mentoring programme.
The interim findings of the study include the following observations:
- Young people who participated reported improved levels of self-esteem and confidence since the baseline survey. The qualitative data revealed that participants felt more confident about life skills such as job or university interviews, asking questions at school or college, talking to new people, trying new activities and their future plans
- Participants had more defined future plans with significantly more reporting an interest in doing A-levels and wanting to go onto university than at baseline. In some cases, this change was attributed to taking part in Mosaic’s mentoring programme, which had helped these participants identify key milestones to achieving future plans
Jonathan Freeman, Manager Director of Mosaic, said: “These findings are incredibly positive and show that the young people we work with increase in confidence and improve their attitudes to school. The next stage of the evaluation, findings of which are due in 2017, will shed further light on these improvements and any of the other factors that might be contributing.”
The report is the second report from a larger project to assess the longer-term impacts of Mosaic’s programmes on the young people that take part by looking at three significant outcome measures of confidence, employability and self-efficacy. This independent evaluation by NatCen will run until 2019, with new findings published after each wave of research. Further waves will include research with a comparison group to evaluate whether improvements in these outcome measures are directly attributable to Mosaic’s mentoring programme.