On 29th January 2013 HRH The Prince of Wales attended a report back seminar event with business leaders who had participated throughout 2012 in the Community’s Seeing is Believing programme, organised by Business in the Community.
The Prince’s Seeing is Believing programme was set up by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1990 to give business leaders first-hand experience of the pressing social and environmental issues facing communities and the powerful role of business to address them. Since then, more than 8,000 business leaders have been a part of these unique visits.
In the annual Seeing is Believing report, The Prince of Wales said: “I have learnt that it is only through first-hand experience that any of us can truly understand an issue well enough to begin to address it. Seeing is Believing is successful, therefore, because it immerses business leaders in an issue, providing a considered, in-depth experience which takes them out of the comfort zone of the boardroom.”
The event was held at St. James’s Palace State Apartments where business leaders including Mosaic mentors Richard Thomas OBE, CEO of Gatehouse and David Harris, CEO of Hogan Lovells LLP, discussed the Seeing is Believing visits they had attended over the course of 2012. The group reported back to HRH on the impact that the programme is having on some of the most pressing social issues in the UK’s most deprived areas.
Many of Mosaic’s mentors work in the City of London and are supported by their employers to take the time to volunteer with young people. They find that mentoring is not only rewarding for the students but that it offers huge personal development opportunities for the mentors themselves.
Jonathan Freeman, Mosaic National Director, said: “Through our Seeing is Believing events we invite senior business leaders and other influential people to look at key issues of social concern and to revisit their own leadership skills. By talking with these young people face-to-face they are able to learn more about the challenges and concerns they encounter. We hope these visits will inspire members of the business community to do what they can to support other young people who face difficult futures ahead.”
Also attending the report back event were students from Southfields Acadamey who gave a repeat performance of their winning Enterprise Challenge pitch.
Student Shaista Waqi Ahmed said: “This has been an amazing experience. Meeting HRH the Prince of Wales and the business leaders has inspired and motivated me to become a successful entrepreneur.” Headteacher Jacqueline Valin added: “More schools should be involved in enterprise schemes. School isn’t just about exams, but giving young people opportunities like this and helping them to develop life skills.”
If you are a sucessful businessman or woman and you would like to mentor young people in deprived communities near you, please get in touch. We are actively recruiting more mentors and we would love to hear from you.