Mosaic inspires young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential.
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, 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.
Mosaic is an initiative of Business in the Community.
Did you know?
- Mosaic was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007 and was given a home at his existing charity, Business in the Community
- We have worked with literally thousands of young people, who have met role model mentors in school or prison
- We will be working with over 6,000 young people and 1,200 mentors in 2014/15, in almost 200 schools/prisons
- We deliver four UK mentoring programmes starting at primary school (aged 9 years old), then to secondary schools, a national Enterprise Challenge, and in prisons (up to the age of 35 years' old)
- We work internationally and Mosaic programmes are delivered in Jordan and Qatar
- Mosaic brings together 80 young leaders from 16+ Muslim majority countries each year as part of our International Leadership Programme
- We celebrated our fifth birthday with a party in 2012, and invited our very first mentees back, now at University, to share their experiences with us. You can see one, Ataulla, in the video below
- We do all of this with only 17 employees across England
- You can visit us at our website www.mosaicnetwork.co.uk to find out more.
Our Primary School Programme
Our primary school mentoring programme provides a unique programme that aims to raise aspirations of young girls and to help empower their mothers so that they are better able to support their daughters fulfil their potential.
The programme itself is ten weeks long, with a weekly hour-long session where girls cover themes such as confidence, communication, and role models, whilst mothers look at themes such as citizenship and understanding the British education system. To complement the sessions, mothers and daughters are provided with resource booklets which they can refer to throughout the course and beyond. Included in the programme is a special university visit to provide exposure to further education. Hosted by student ambassadors, mothers and daughters attend a prominent university to participate in workshops, a tour of the campus and a presentation on university life.
Our Secondary School Group Programme
Mosaic’s secondary school mentoring programme provides a package of opportunities to raise the aspirations of young people and close the gap between those aspirations and their attainment.
The programme uses positive role models to improve students’ confidence, self-efficacy and employability. We have developed a powerful package of mentoring support for young people that can be tailored to students’ needs which includes group mentoring, workplace visits, inspirational speeches and competitions
What more do we do?
Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge competition
The Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge is a national competition for secondary school students across the UK, designed to develop and encourage their entrepreneurial skills. Teams of students work with a mentor from the business community to learn about becoming future business leaders, play a simulation game, and come up with fantastic business ideas.
The 2013/14 Challenge was launched during Global Entrepreneurship Week, 18-24 November 2013.
This year we supported almost 120 schools and 5,000 students in five regions of the UK including London, Oxford, Woking, Milton Keynes, Slough, Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton, Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Bolton, Blackburn, East Lancashire, Leeds and Bradford.
The five highest scoring schools in each region were invited to compete in regional finals events in March and the winning school from each region, as well as a wildcard entry, competed in the Grand Finals on 1 May 2014 in London. Team Trash4Cash from St Bede’s in Yorkshire ran out winners and received:
- A winner’s trophy
- A winner’s medal
- A cheque for £3000 for their school (£500 of which is for the students to invest in their business idea)
The winning group of students, including one teacher and one mentor, were taken from the finals to enjoy a fun afternoon in London.
Our Ex-offender Mentoring Programme
The Ex-offender Mentoring Programme was developed in response to the increasing numbers of young Muslims residing in prisons in England and Wales. There are currently over 10,000 Muslims in UK prisons representing 13.4% of the total prison population. The programme was developed in partnership with Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH) and Business in the Community.
Mosaic’s trained mentors meet prisoners three to six months before release to establish a long-lasting relationship which continues into the community-integration phase. The mentors offer wide-ranging practical assistance, including helping prisoners to secure housing and employment. With these vital support structures in place, the likelihood of re-offending in the future is significantly reduced.
To qualify to mentor a prisoner must:
- Be aged 18-35 at the beginning of the mentoring relationship
- Not be convicted of a sexual assault and not be convicted of, or under investigation for any terrorist-related activity
- Be eligible for release back in to the local community and not be liable to deportation
Our International Programmes
Mosaic delivers a range of programmes internationally thanks to our worldwide network of supporters, partners and International Leadership Programme alumni across many different countries.
Our two principal international programmes are:
- The International Leadership Programme is an innovative leadership development opportunity, aiming for delegates to develop leadership ability, as well as an understanding of key global issues, in order that they might be a positive part of their communities. In each cohort, 80 delegates representing 16 countries and many different backgrounds are appointed through a rigorous selection process.
- Our International Enterprise Challenge, for which in 2012 Mosaic established successful international partnerships to deliver the Challenge overseas, in both Jordan and Qatar.
In Qatar, Mosaic works in partnership with Qatar Shell and Bedaya. In 2013, 430 students from both schools and universities across Qatar competed for first place – read more about the competition in 2013.
In Jordan Mosaic works with INJAZ to deliver the competition. In the academic year 2013/14, 40 schools will be participating. In 2012/13 HRH The Prince of Wales joined the finalist students from the top 6 Jordanian schools for the Finals event in Amman.