Zuwena took part in the Mosaic mentoring programme

Ten-year-old Zuwena lives in Newham, East London, a borough within view of the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. But when she and her classmates visited the HSBC head offices as part of the Mosaic mentoring programme, it was the first time that many of them had seen the financial district up close.

After doing this programme, I am not shy and I'm all confident. I would like to be a nurse or a solicitor

Mosaic is a mentoring organisation founded in the UK by The Prince of Wales. Its programmes are designed to help young people from deprived communities to realise their potential by giving them confidence and showing them the opportunities and choices open to them.

Professional women from HSBC recently took part in the programme by volunteering as mentors to girls at Zuwena’s school.

Over the course of 10 weeks, Zuwena, her classmates and their mothers met the mentors to discuss issues including education, career aspirations and the role of women in society.

“Before, I was shy and didn't want to speak up – but after doing this programme, I am not shy and I'm all confident," said Zuwena. "I would like to be a nurse or a solicitor."

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