Mosaic is delighted to announce Amsha Aslam and Waseen Khan have been nominated November and December’s Hero of the Month, in recognition for all their hard work and commitment as mentors.
Amsha has mentored on the Mosaic Primary School Programme for two years, working with Stanley Grove and Armitage primary schools, whilst simultaneously studying law, full-time, at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Amsha’s motivation for becoming a mentor came from when she was in school herself. From a young age Amsha was not very confident and this in turn inspired her to help children who struggle in the same way she did.
Her advice for young people is, “to believe in yourself no matter what others may think, and always do what makes you happy”.
A particularly rewarding moment for Amsha during her time mentoring was when a parent on the programme told her that she had helped them to develop a stronger bond with their child.
Nafisa Hakim, Regional Manager for the North West, praised her work adding: “Amsha is one of our youngest mentors; right from the start of my relationship with her I have been very impressed with her diligence, commitment and reliability.
“At our graduation ceremonies at Manchester Metropolitan University, it’s always very apparent that Amsha has developed a wonderful relationship with all the girls, mums and staff involved. Amsha has also brought several of her friends onto the programme, all of whom have made a great contribution.
“Amsha truly deserves this award in recognition of her commitment, reliability and her relentless enthusiasm for delivering the quality of experience that she passionately wants for her mentees.”
Waseem Khan is a committed supporter and has been mentoring with Mosaic for four years; he is currently working with pupils participating in the Enterprise Challenge at Pudsey Grangefield School in Leeds.
Waseem also works as an accountant at Hentons in Leeds, one of the largest independent firms of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors in the Yorkshire region.
Talking about his time as a mentor, Waseen says, “I felt Mosaic provided a great opportunity to share my experiences, to be available as a positive role model and help students get an idea of what the working environment was like.
“I would say the most rewarding part is when you see the students grow in confidence from the first lesson to the last, and witnessing them fulfil the potential they have. It was also very pleasing to dispel any misconceptions they had of what it was like to be in the working environment.”
Nabila Ayub, Yorkshire’s Regional Manager comments, “I feel Waseem deserves this recognition for championing Mosaic and managing to secure five new mentors, each of whom has been able to give their precious time in one of our biggest schools.
“Waseem turned up and brokered all the internal relationships, communicated and sent all the relevant information to his team. He also ensured their DBS checks were submitted.
“He is one of our longest and most diligent supporters and this recognition is long overdue.”