About Our Mentorship Programme
We consider mentoring as a two-way relationship and information exchange between an experienced person (mentor) and less experience (mentee) with the aim of helping the mentee to fit in their role and future endeavors. In order to build an all-rounded person and improve performance of our supported girls, i-GET provides an innovative mentorship programme which involves pairing our supported girls with experienced local role models who will provide an accompaniment that includes school visits where one on one sessions can take place, joint holiday mentorship programmes and an online opportunity for the girls to engage/exchange with their mentors as frequently and as conveniently as possible.
Our mentors are carefully selected and taken through our mentorship policy and approach to which they subscribe by signing. The programme will regularly get in touch with our mentees and mentors so as to find out whether the programme is going on well and solved any challenge.
This will be a more structured and robust mentoring programme which will also involve identification of good role models from among the community who will be paired with our students to provide a one-one, continuous mentorship support that is aimed at developing our girls holistically.
Aim of the Mentorship Programme
To build an all-rounded, productive person capable of realizing their full potential and achieve their career goals and positively contribute to their communities and society.
Mentorship is a voluntary activity. i-GET will endeavor to identify and pair a right mentor with a mentee. Mentors will have the following characteristics:
- Ladies from/conversant with the local communities in Isiolo
- Experienced and with expertise in a particular career
- Be willing to volunteer to mentor a girls
- Expect no payments of any kind from I-GET
- Show commitment to the mentorship programme
A mentor will support a mentee’s personal and career development as follows:
- Listen actively with interest, holding the focus on the mentee’s agenda
- Manage the framework of the mentoring sessions, while encouraging the mentee to take responsibility for the content.
- Take appropriate approaches such as robustly challenging a mentee who is not sufficiently focused or sympathizing in the event of bad experiences while encouraging the mentee to take ownership and respond appropriately.
- Help the mentee to see the bigger and long-term picture if he or she is concerned only about the present and the short term future
- Help a mentee to reframe how he or she views something, or to consider a different perspective.
- Take an interest in the mentee’s progress and help them move towards reaching goals.
- A mentor can be allowed to leave the programme upon their request and if this happens, a replacement mentor will be found.
- i-GET- supported girls in high school and tertiary education
- Group of girls in schools attended by i-GET sponsored Girls
- Mentees will sign a commitment letter to cooperate and participate in the mentorship programme.
Within a developmental mentoring relationship, a mentee is expected to be:
- In control of the agenda, taking responsibility for her development, rather than expecting ‘quick fixes’ from a mentor.
- Committed to attending planned sessions, taking the actions planned with the mentor.
- Prepared to be challenged when the mentor feels that this, rather than perhaps sympathy, will be of benefit.
Professional in the relationship with the mentor, for example being punctual, respecting agreed ground rules, and talking openly and honestly with the mentor
- One-one sessions – 1 mentor is matched with a mentee for long-term, ongoing support
- On demand, online, telephone, continuous advice, encouragement and support
- Holiday group sessions to discuss performance and set targets
- Mentors are encouraged to have regular contact with mentees. On the minimum, 3 times a year.
i-GET has prepared an online mentorship platform which makes it easy for mentors and mentees interact regularly. The platform has profiles mentors which a mentee can directly get in touch with a mentor of choice to ask relevant questions and seek advice. The platform ensures privacy of the consultations and advice sought which are only available to the mentee and mentor
i-GET has prepared a mentorship orientation programme which all mentors will be taken through. The orientation programme will introduce the goals, objectives, activities and approach of i-GET’s mentorship programme. It will approach set ground rules for the mentoring programme and mentors will use this to come up with an agreed action plan. Mentoring sessions will be planned with school activity in mind. In the event where mentoring sessions are planned during school term, I-GET will make the necessary arrangements with each school to allow for the mentorship sessions to take place. Ideally, these sessions will be during weekends or public holidays. Depending on availability of resources, I-GET may organize once a year, a joint get together for mentees, mentors and I-GET staff and Trustees. Mentors and mentors could prepare notes and keep it as confidential for personal use and evaluation
The mentoring programme will requireminimum time and financial resources. The first meeting and periodic review meetings with mentors, mentees and i-GET will require financial resources for booking of venue and meals. i-GET will facilitate these costs. The project officer’s time will also be required for the coordination of the programme. Mentors and mentees are also expected to create time for the mentoring session. For sustainability, I-GET will encourage mentors to cater for their travel and upkeep sessions during the mentoring sessions
i-GET has put in place a robust monitoring and evaluation of the mentorship programme. Mentors and Mentees will monitor their progress regularly and prepare a progress report during each session which is shared with i-GET. i-GET Project Officer will meet with each mentor and mentee to ascertain progress, challenges, lessons and future plans. The findings of these reports will be discussed with mentors and mentees in joint meetings during school holidays. A final mentorship report for each mentoring period will be prepared
The mentorship programme is voluntary. The mentors and mentees may exit the mentoring programme at any point.