Khurshid Khan, tells us about Mosaic mentoring programme, working with Prince’s Trust charity and his experience there.

This week the London & South East Region had their annual celebration, with the BBC’s Mishal Husain as the key note speaker. I was surprised and honoured to receive the London region Mentor of the Year award at the event, it meant more to me than any other recognition I’ve had.

For the last three years, I’ve been one of a group of mentors working with Mosaic, a Prince’s Trust charity. Mosaic has been going for 10 years, now with 1200 mentors across the UK. We work with primary and secondary schools in disadvantaged areas, with the aim of raising aspirations and confidence in young pupils. The group that I am part of works with Little Ilford, a secondary school in the East End of London.

It has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. It does make a difference for young people, knowing that background doesn’t have to matter when it comes to achieving in life. Yes, often there will be more challenges and they may have to work harder, but there is more out there than they realise and we try to show them that. We try to guide them and show them the many ways that their potential can be realised. Believe me, the untapped potential in these schools is huge, and many of the pupils just lack the connections and opportunities open to kids in more well to do circumstances.

I would recommend mentoring to everyone, there is lots to gain, as much for the mentor as the mentored. Mosaic is one programme, there are others, they just need willing participants so don’t let anything hold you back.

To find out more about the Mosaic mentoring programme, you can visit their site here

Khurshid mentor of year