In 2016, Over 23% of girls under 18 years fall pregnant (Daily Nation), Kenya had 379,000 teenage mothers (UNFPA, 17), 4% of girls married by 15 and 23% by 18 (UNICEF 2017), 500,000+ AIDS infections among youth of ages 10- 24 years (Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation, 2018), 300+ out of 5,000 schools experiencing massive strikes contributing to a high dropout rate (Daily Nation), National Average transition to University of 12% Transition to Post-Tertiary, Kenya leading in betting in Africa).
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 Raul Figueroa and Tim Kipchumba (unpublished) reveals that those young men who participated in Violence in 2007 general elections had a very weak relationship between their effort and the things they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 2018 SDG Ambassador by ActionAid Kenya in 2018.
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