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Mentorship: Means to a Start

By November 1, 2017 No Comments

In My Experience

2017 Gap Year Intern Mercy attended a learning visit at USIU-Africa. She got a chance to learn from different personalities who shared their life experiences, especially their journey to success, which she shared in her reflective essay,

“…Mentorship plays the role of teaching and even correcting someone’s mistakes. Mentorship has no particular pathway. It is a customized experienced. One of the facilitators talked of the spirit of taking risks, daring and doing things the undone way. She mentioned that fear has no space in the direction of what you want to do. One should be confident enough to try out something new if it leads to success.”

Lilian, a 2017 Gap Year Intern, mentored young boys at Kusoma Tu, an organization that offers voluntary teaching services to rehabilitation schools in Kenya. Taking on the role of a mentor as a young person, Lilian shows that, as we learn, we all have something to teach⁴:

“I have also tried counseling the boys to try and find out what they plan on doing in their future. I was shocked to find out that some of the boys would not want to go back to their homes since they are not comfortable going back to school. I advised some of them and talked to them about the difficulties and danger of the streets and that they would rather go to school. Some of the students realize that going back to the street was not worth it. This engagement has so far been my greatest achievement during my internship.”

Why We Mentor

At Akili Dada, we value mentorship for inter-generational learning and transfer of skills. Our mentors provide our girls with a strong support system to transition into young adulthood. Through mentorship, Gap Year students are introduced to an accountability process to ensure success in college and their different life goals. Our Gap Year program provides girls with networks to increase their opportunity base as they learn from mentors.

By utilizing the knowledge of those who have come before us, you do not have to go through the same loopholes. You can be encouraged to make a number of positive changes in your professional and social life.

Mentoring allows us to accurately evaluate our skills, to see our blind spots and to determine a plan for improvement.

About the Gap Year Program

The Gap Year program targets girls from across East Africa between the age of 17–21 yrs who recently graduated from high school to take part in a 9–12 months’ program. It provides students with competitive pathways to transition into university and beyond with increased efficacy and experience.

Apply for the 2018 Gap Year Program here. The deadline is 11th December 2017.

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