"It should be on every Saturday.”

 

“Inspiring.”

 

“Happy but sad this is the last day.”

 

“I am very happy.”

 

These were the words of a few mentees on the final day of AFETT’s REACH Mentorship Programme. The mentees’ feedback provides evidence of the value of the Programme.

 

Thirteen girls participated in the Programme. The highlight of the four weeks was really the last day when each participant expressed their gratitude for being able to be part of the programme. One young lady in particular shared that she was surprised that she actively participated and volunteered so often to do the exercises and even enjoyed the Saturday mornings. It was an eye-opener.

 

The AFETT REACH Mentorship Programme for the Oropune Police Youth Club came to a successful conclusion Saturday 12th March with the presentation of Certificates of Participation to the Mentees.

 

AFETT's REACH Mentorship Programme with Oropune Police Youth Club
March 2016

AFETT Social Outreach Director Charlene Pedro also took the opportunity to present tokens of appreciation to the AFETT Mentors who had given freely of their time and efforts in what is certainly a much-needed initiative in these challenging times.

Plans are in train now for roll-out of the Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Development Culture and the Arts in May 2016, so interested persons can contact afettsocialoutreach@gmail.com for more information.

 

The Mentorship Programme has been in operation for approximately six years and continues to make a difference in the lives of the participants. On September 18th 2010, AFETT launched its Reach Mentorship Programme at Belmont Secondary School. The Programme was implemented with forty young ladies, and enjoyed great success for two academic years at the school.

 

AFETT’s REACH Mentorship Programme is designed to create meaningful change in female students between the ages of 15 and 17 years, by enhancing recognition of their self-worth and developing in them the key skills required for them to create a better and fuller life for themselves. Research indicates that mentored youth maintain better attitudes toward school and have a better chance of going on to higher education (The Role of Risk, 2013 Carla Herrera, David L. DuBois, Jean Grossman).

 

Since its launch, the Programme was also delivered at the Women’s Prisons, Corpus Christi College, St. Dominic’s Children’s Home and now, the Orupune Police Youth Club.

 

Whilst the Programme is making a difference and is seeking to expand, the main challenge has been the limited number of women volunteering to be mentors. The Programme can only expand if we have more mentors. The mentors have offered their time and talent to provide guidance and training to the young charges, and to them we owe our gratitude. They have chosen to make a tremendous difference in the lives of young people who can benefit greatly from the guidance and encouragement of a caring mentor. Few endeavours do more to shape young people’s aspirations and help them realise their potential. In return, few endeavours reap more profound rewards for all who become involved in the mentoring process. 

 

AFETT's REACH Mentorship Programme continues to touch the lives of both mentees and mentors as they travel together on the journey of mentorship.

 

The “founding fathers” of the Programme have laid a solid base upon which to build. We must carry on to work to plant the seeds to nurture the future leaders of tomorrow. The journey continues.

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