Announcing the UK government’s renewed efforts in tackling poverty, the Prime Minster took inspiration from the impressive results achieved by Mosaic and other organisations in using mentors from the business community to inspire and support young people in areas of deprivation.
Mr Cameron said: “Many people can look back at their younger selves and point to someone, perhaps a parent or teacher, a sports coach, or their first boss, and say ‘that’s the person who found my passion. They’re the ones who made the difference.’”
“But if you haven’t ever had someone in your life who really believes in you, sees your potential and helps bring it to the fore,” he continued, “the sands of time can drain away, and your talents can remain hidden.”
The Prime Minster then proceeded to announce a £70m investment in a new national mentoring scheme to be led by The Careers and Enterprise Company.
Jonathan Freeman, Manager Director of Mosaic said: “The Prime Minister’s speech was a welcome acknowledgement of the positive impact that our work continues to have on the lives of young people. Our mentors, many of whom are from the business community, work extremely hard to provide mentees around the UK with the support and encouragement that they need to be confident and have high aspirations for their future.
“Mosaic was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales to promote boundless ambition amongst young people regardless of social or economic circumstances,” he continued. “Mentoring has been a very effective tool in achieving this aim and it’s pleasing to see that the UK government is in agreement. We look forward to being part of the conversation as this new initiative is implemented.”