Raising Aspirations

Our grant means that, through effective mentoring, we can support young people to significantly raise aspirations and close the aspiration-attainment gap, particularly amongst BME students.   

Typically, young people on the mentoring programme have low or limited aspirations, low confidence, a weak sense of personal agency, limited understanding of career opportunities and undeveloped ‘soft skills’.  Consequently, there’s a very high risk of them not reaching their potential in the education system and not knowing what steps to take to secure employment or move in to further training or education at the end of school. 

Enhancing Soft Skills

The mentoring programme enhances participants ‘soft skills’- personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimistic outlook – which are increasingly important for success at school and in the current job market. 

My mentor has supported me a lot throughout this course and has worked with Mosaic for four years. He was so supportive and knows what he’s doing. Every time I say I can’t do it, he tells me to have the confidence and belief in myself to do whatever it is I want. Mentee, Eden Girls
Eden Girls

Ability to succeed

The Prince’s Trust’s Mosaic Secondary School group mentoring programme works with groups of up to 30 students, aged between 11 and 18 years old. The students are mentored in small groups (of between 3 and 6) and participate in a range of activities which will directly enhance their ability to succeed in future educational and
professional environments. 


Announced in our recent new strategy, The Prince’s Trust is dedicated to reaching 1 million young people in the next 10 years. The Mosaic Secondary Programme is an essential part of this, focusing on reaching students growing up in our most deprived communities and connecting them to positive relatable role model mentors. This grant from the COSARAF Foundation will make an incredible difference, and enable us to reach more young people as the programme expands this academic year, including delivery in Wales and the East Midlands.
Nizam Uddin
Head of Mosaic and Community Integration