The shortlist for the 2014 Princess Badiya Mentor of the Year Award has been revealed.
The award, established in honour of Mosaic’s Founder Chairman HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan, is in its second year and recognises the commitment made by dedicated mentors who volunteer their time and skills mentoring young people from deprived communities to help them realise their talents and potential.
The four finalists include Susan Noori, an academic researcher from Birmingham. Susan has been mentoring with the charity since 2010 working with schools across Birmingham including Bordesley Green Girls School, St Johns Primary School, and Anderton Primary School. She said:
“There is nothing more rewarding than watching a group of incredibly bright but shy children flourish with confidence and self-belief as the mentoring programme progresses. Mentoring is a two-way interaction, a give-and-take exercise which is very rewarding on a personal and professional level.”
Also nominated is Imtiaz Mussa, a volunteer from Bradford. He has been mentoring with the charity since 2012 working with ex-offenders at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Wealstun and students at Carlton Bolling College, Bradford. Imtiaz said:
“Mentoring appealed to me because of how it can make such a change to a person’s life and give them a chance. Some people, through bad influences or neglect, need a shoulder to cling to so they can propel themselves towards a brighter future.”
Abdin has been mentoring with the charity since 2009 at schools across the city including Sir John Cass’s and Red Coat Church of England Secondary School (Tower Hamlets, East London) and Crest Academy (Brent). He said:
“Mentoring is a noble cause. It offers you the chance to make a difference and really help change a person’s life for the better. It also gives you the opportunity to develop yourself as a person, gain new skill sets and build confidence.”
David has been involved in mentoring with Mosaic for three years, having previously mentored undergraduates and work colleagues. He said:
“With 20 years of mentoring experience under my belt, I felt I had something to offer secondary school students. My own children fall into this age group and teach me daily. I want to instil in these young adults the same level of ambition and confidence for their own future as I have for them.”
The award is named after HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan, Mosaic’s founding Chairman, in recognition of her work with the charity. The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony taking place next month where they will be presented with a personal gift from the Princess herself.
Jonathan Freeman, Mosaic’s National Director commented:
“Everyone at Mosaic is extremely proud of all our mentors and the amazing work they do. I only wish we could hand each of them the Mentor of the Year Award – they all deserve it.”
The short-list was selected by a judging panel chaired by HRH Princess Badiya and involving Shabir Randeree CBE (Mosaic Vice-Chairman), Yasmin Waljee OBE (Mosaic Vice-Chairman), Jonathan Freeman (Managing Director, Mosaic) and winner of the 2013 Award Saira Majid.
If you think you would like to help inspire and guide these young adults to help them reach their potential and would like further information about mentoring, please visit the mentoring section of the website, call 020 7566 8734 or email .