Mosaic's mentoring graduates celebrate at Coventry University

Last week, 30 children from local primary schools celebrated their graduation from the Mosaic mentoring programme with a tour of Coventry University to learn about university life.

Mosaic's mentoring programme culminated after 10 weeks of hour-long sessions where the pupils from four local primary schools met with volunteers from Orbit Housing, West Midlands Police and Coventry University.

Mosaic mentors marginalised communities

Mosaic’s mentoring programmes are delivered the volunteers and aim to raise the aspirations of young people from some of the most deprived communities in Britain, particularly the children of families from non-EU countries.

In these sessions, pupils explored themes such as confidence, communication, and role models, whilst parents looked at topics such as citizenship and understanding the British education system.

During the graduation visit to Coventry University campus the pupils participated in workshops and were given a presentation on university life. During the visit the families were hosted by student ambassadors and each child received a cap and sash and graduation certificate, presented to them by Joanne Dobson, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor.

Raising aspirations and realising potential

The also heard from guest speaker Sabir Zazai, Centre Manager at Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, who relayed his moving life story of fleeing war and hardship in Afghanistan. Sabir sent a clear message to the children to grasp the opportunity for a good education and realise their potential.

Business in the Community worked with mentors from professional backgrounds to act as role models, so that the children could aspire to a career in a range of different sectors.

Jonathan Tracey, West Midlands Police, a mentor at Broad Heath School, said: "I enjoyed working with the students, and seeing how enthusiastic and engaged they appeared to be in the programme. Over the weeks, they all appeared to really take on board the messages from the programme in a very positive way". 

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.

 

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