Theology and Religious Studies student Jazibah Ziarab has been announced as a Young Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust in recognition of her work with mentoring programme Mosaic.
Mosaic is an initiative of The Princes Trust that was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007. It links young people from deprived communities with volunteer mentors from professional backgrounds, who act as inspirational role models with the aim of boosting their mentees' confidence, self-efficacy and long-term employability.
Jazibah has been acting as a mentor to students at Horton Grange Primary School in Bradford, working mainly with girls from disadvantaged communities and their mothers to raise expectations and aspirations around adult life. She herself was mentored by Mosaic while attending Belle Vue Girls School (also in Bradford), making her the first former mentee to become a mentor.
Recalling her own experience of being mentored, Jazibah said: "I remember when I was 14 when our teachers told us we would be taking part in Mosaics mentoring programme to help us with our employability skills and confidence. I was so aloof before starting, had no intention of going into higher education and didnt know what career I was interested in. But afterwards that all changed. Now I feel so much better and more composed as a person. There hasnt been one interview that Ive been to where it hasnt been successful."
A pair of special ceremonies held recently at Leeds Trinity University saw Jazibah's mentees successfully graduate from the programme. She said of the event: "It was fantastic to see the pupils graduate. When I started mentoring they were very quiet and reserved, but after just a few sessions it was noticeable that many had become much more open to speaking in front of the whole class. We did a group activity where we picked two of the quietest girls to be spokespeople. It was amazing how they got up and spoke in front of the whole class with so much confidence."
Leah Larkin, Mosaics Yorkshire Regional Manager, said: "This is a very special moment for everyone at Mosaic. Not only is it proof that the work we carry out in schools is highly effective, but Jazibahs story is the vision His Royal Highness had when he founded the charity. Were thrilled that Jazibah is using the skills she learned as a mentee to inspire the next generation of students in Yorkshire."
You can find out more about Mosaic and its work here.