Ubeyd put school troubles behind him with support from mentor Sagal #iwillweek
Thirteen year old Ubeyd Hassan is a student from Brent. Ubeyd used to have disruptive outbursts at school and, as a result, had been expelled for a period of time. He was referred by the Right Track programme to the SAAFI mentoring project, where he was paired with a university student called Sagal Ahmed.
Ubeyd has gone through a transformation since joining the programme for young Somali people. During one-to-one sessions, Ubeyd opened up to Sagal and explained that wanted to improve his self-confidence. They worked together on how he could change his outlook and attitude.
Through the support of the mentorship programme, Ubeyd engaged his creative side to contribute to SAAFI’s World War 1 Memorial Project. He decorated a stall for the event, designed and distributed leaflets and even sold poppies on the day.
After this he wanted to learn more about his local area. He had never used his local library. Now he takes advantage of his library card and has set up a reading challenge with his friends. Ubeyd has also taken on leading the health and safety training provided by the programme and found his calling in leadership roles.
Somali Advice and Forum of Information (SAAFI)
SAAFI helps Somali young people at risk of exclusion. They take part in group workshops while receiving one-to-one mentoring from Somali university students. They then take up volunteer placements in their local community.