Positive aspirations are crucial for young people’s future success; what people aspire to do as a child is linked to what they do later in life, and low aspirations lead to poor academic attainment and professional achievement.
For many young people an ‘aspirations-attainment gap’ is caused by a lack of information about how they can realise their ambitions, by too few role models and a lack of contact with adults in professional roles.
Mosaic’s schools programmes have received independent accreditation through the Approved Provider Standard of the Mentoring & Befriending Foundation, providing us with very important external recognition of the quality of our programmes.
In addition, Mosaic’s programmes have been independently evaluated by Demos, the leading research organisation, which described its programmes as “very well run and both the mentors and mentees reported significant benefits in taking part”.
Mosaic has also received the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award in 2013, and most recently was included in the Department of Education’s statutory guidance on careers advice, with the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge cited as exemplar practice for schools to adopt.
Mosaic is currently working in partnership with expert research body, National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to embark on a ground-breaking five-year study of the impact of Mosaic’s programmes.
All participants in Mosaic’s mentoring programmes are subject to our Impact Assessment Methodology to measure the impact of our programmes on their confidence, employability and self-efficacy.