Human Appeal is delighted to be a Patron Partner of Mosaic, HRH The Prince of Wales’s mentoring initiative that is part of The Prince’s Trust. Mosaic’s mentoring programmes, designed to help young people from our most disadvantaged communities increase their confidence, self-efficacy and employability, are delivered nationally through volunteer role models in London, the South East, the West Midlands, the North West, Yorkshire and Scotland.
We are particularly proud to support the Mosaic Primary School Programme, and we want to take this opportunity to encourage our supporters to consider volunteering on this programme, or indeed the other mentoring programmes Mosaic offers in the UK.
What is Mosaic?
Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007, Mosaic’s mentoring programmes create opportunities for young people growing up in our most deprived communities. Mosaic’s vision is for all young people to be supported to realise their potential. With the help of volunteer mentors acting as role models through our structured programmes, we aim to bridge the aspirations-attainment gap. By linking young people with inspirational role models in this way, we boost their confidence, self-efficacy and long-term employability.
Last year, Mosaic reached 8,246 young people with the help of 1,466 mentors.
What is the Primary School Programme about?
Mosaic’s unique primary school mentoring programme aims to raise the aspirations of young students, aged 9 -11 years old. It also helps empower their parents to support their children to fulfil their potential.
Volunteer mentors work with students and their parents to explore a range of issues from education, role models and the role of men and women in society.
Why is this programme needed?
Positive aspirations are crucial for young people’s future success; what people aspire to do as children is very strongly linked to what they end up doing later in life. Low aspirations often lead to poor academic attainment and this can be especially true for young people growing up in disadvantaged areas of the UK.
Alongside low aspirations, young students often lack access to role-models, particularly those they can relate to, and this can negatively affect their self-image, impacting upon their confidence. Mosaic aims to address this by linking young students and their parents, with successful mentors who can speak passionately about their own positive stories.
Mentor girls and boys aged 9-11 years old and their parents to increase their confidence, raise their aspirations and encourage them to engage in their long-term education. The approximate commitment is 2 hours per week, in a school, for ten consecutive weeks. Mosaic’s mentors give insights into their personal and professional lives whilst helping to facilitate the lessons run by teachers.
To read or download a message from our CEO, Othman Moqbel, click here.