Mosaic celebrates fifth birthday

Comedian David Baddiel, injured British soldier Phil Packer, Shadow Justice Secretary Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP and BBC newsreader Riz Lateef were amongst the guests attending a glitzy event to mark the fifth anniversary of Mosaic, a youth initiative set up by HRH The Prince of Wales.

We are overwhelmed to have reached this significant milestone. The upcoming event will see the coming together of Mosaic’s most loyal and passionate supporters to celebrate the important work we have achieved in improving the lives of thousands of young people across the UK and abroad.

- Jonathan Freeman,
National Director of Mosaic
At the event, held at Apax Partners tonight, young people will speak about being supported by the initiative. One speaker is Ataulla Shegiwal, 19, who was mentored while he was 15. He struggled at school, but after receiving mentoring support has gone on to study Chemistry with an integrated Masters at Warwick University.

He said: “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.”

HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan, the founder chairperson of Mosaic, will attend, and the Princess Badiya Mentor of the Year award will be announced, recognising the work of Mosaic’s outstanding mentors.

The first Mosaic Ambassadors, including BBC newsreader Mishal Husain, motivational speaker Pinky Lilani OBE, leading businessman Rumi Verjee CBE, BBC London newsreader Asad Ahmed and Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP, will also be announced. These Ambassadors will publically advocate the work of the initiative and provide inspiration to hundreds of young people.

Mosaic was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007 to create opportunities for young people of all backgrounds growing up in the most deprived communities. It has developed a series of mentoring programmes which have made a demonstrable impact on improving the attainment and aspirations of thousands of young people.

The initiative has a team of inspirational volunteers who support and mentor the students to motivate them and help them to realise their potential.

See the Mosaic website for more on the programme's anniversary.

Mosaic was founded by the Prince of Wales in 2007 as a mentoring programme creating opportunities for young people growing up in our most deprived communities.  It was run by Business in the Community until July 2016, when it became part of the Prince's Trust.