In 2016, we begun Mentorthon (Mentorship Marathon) as countrywide call for professionals, brands, entrepreneurs, leaders to give 42 hours annually to mentor high school students.
Mentorthon helps students develop self- belief and self-control through role modelling, storytelling and content while reversing role Model drain, drive brand engagement and create a value driven volunteering platform. Our model combines mentors, brands, content, fun and technology to create a platform to inspire, encourage, mentor and develop capacity in young people.
In 2018 we mentored 7,300 students, achieved 51 million impressions on twitter, worked with 91 schools and 90 mentors. Three editions are underway in 2019 as part of our promise to scale this program; Laikipia West Constituency, Elgeyo Marakwet County and Kericho County.
ROLE MODEL DRAIN
As more and more people come out of the village, initially to pursue education, and subsequently opportunities to earn income, most communities, and students experience a role model drain. Young people start to lack role models, of people from the same circumstances that have done reasonably well.
Mentorthon is an effort to reverse role model drain. Role models and mentors spare 42 hours, annually to go back speak to students that look up to them. These amazing personal stories help shape the perspectives of high school students and help them develop self- belief and persistence on their journey to pursue their goals.
SELF-BELIEF AND SELF-CONTROL
Self- control and inspiring self- belief are some of the most valuable skill /habits– proven scientifically to predict character, incomes, and happiness. Research done at Strathmore University Business School led by Dr. Raul Figueroa and Tim Kipchumba (unpublished) reveals that those young men who participated in Violence in 2007 general elections had a very weak relationship between their effort and the things they desired. We want Mentorthon through all our interventions to increase this belief.
Mentorthon is pleased to be appointed SDG Ambassador by ActionAid Kenya in 2018.
For more information and partnerships opportunities, please contact us on:
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