Shadow Justice Secretary Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP celebrated with guests and royalty to mark the fifth anniversary of Mosaic.
We celebrated five years of supporting youngsters from disadvantaged communities, with an event held at Apax Partners in London last night. Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP was also announced as an ambassador for the youth initiative at the event.
He said: “It is a huge privilege to be asked to be a Mosaic Ambassador. I have followed their fantastic work over the last five years and have worked with them when a Government Minister and as a MP. I was really pleased to have been asked to be an ambassador and readily accepted. It is an honour to be the only politician to be a Mosaic ambassador.
“It is really important to provide role models for young people and this is something Mosaic has excelled in over their five year history. There is still a lot to be done to inspire young people and I am looking forward to working closely with Mosaic, young Britons and The Prince of Wales on this in the future”.
The event heard from young people supported by the initiative over the five years including Ataulla Shegiwal, 19, who was mentored while he was 15. He struggled at school and after receiving mentoring support he has gone on to study Chemistry with an integrated Masters at Warwick University.
He said: “It was a fantastic event and I had a brilliant time. I was one of the first mentees for Mosaic so it is great to be here tonight to tell everyone what I have achieved since I was mentored.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to be in the future so I was kind of worried. The mentors reassured me that everything was going to be fine. What my mentor told me was continue working hard, never give up and always give 100 per cent.”
The event saw the attendance of HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan, the founder chairman of Mosaic, and the announcement of the Princess Badiya Mentor of the Year award which will recognise the work of Mosaic’s outstanding mentors.
Jonathan Freeman, National Director of Mosaic said: “The event was a great success. It was extremely heart warming to see all these individuals celebrating together, many of who have been with us since the beginning. We are overwhelmed to have reached this significant milestone.”
At the event, the first Mosaic Ambassadors were announced. They will publically advocate the work of the initiative and provide inspiration to hundreds of young people. Those announced as ambassadors include BBC newsreader Mishal Husain, motivational speaker Pinky Lilani OBE, leading businessman Rumi Verjee CBE, singer Yusuf Islam, BBC London newsreader Asad Ahmed, leading businessman and philanthropist Lord Noon Kt MBE and Rear-Admiral Amjad Hussain CB.
Read about more of our celebratory activities on our Mosaic is Five page.