A team of volunteer mentors to provide mentorship to Fellows of the #YL4SC project at the University of Cape Coast and the University for Development Studies has been selected, oriented and paired with the students. The mentors, who include faculty members, administrators, and development workers reside within the Cape Coast and Tamale Metropolis where the two universities are situated.
Speaking at the orientation held on 26th February 2018, the deputy Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Eugene Dateh who graced the occasion encouraged the mentees to take the process of mentoring seriously as it will go a long way to help in their leadership journey. He recounted how mentoring has helped him as a professional and underscored the need for the process to be thorough and supportive of the students.
The mentoring process is an activity which forms part of the youth leadership for social change project. The objectives of the mentoring activity are to support the fellows to develop personal and professional goals and to equip them with the necessary skills to perform to their highest capabilities as social Change agents. The mentoring activity has two processes. The first is a one-on-one where each fellow meets with an assigned mentor to deliberate on activities outlined in a mentoring toolkit. After each meeting with their mentors, the students are expected to develop specific goals on their leadership development and implement them. The second is a mentoring circle process where the project leads checks in with the fellows and mentors to provide the needed support to ensure that the process is successful.
The project manager, Mr. Eric Saforo who conducted the orientation process appreciated the willingness and efforts of the volunteer mentors. He is optimistic that the mentoring process will support the fellows in their leadership growth to become better leaders of themselves and others.
Fellows in the project are already undergoing leadership training in the Youth Academy for Social Change. They will receive grants of up to 10,000 Ghana Cedis to implement initiatives for social change during the long vacation.