In accord with the saying, show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life, most successful people have had very influential mentors in their lives. Sauti Ya Sasa, a Mentoring Program implemented by ACFODE with support from GIZ Uganda seeks to create a skilled group of youth through mentoring. In this regard, a reflection meeting for mentors under this program was conducted to avail them an opportunity for knowledge and experience sharing.
The meeting was modulated by Mr. Lawrence Namale, a Consultant on personal and professional development from Life Signatures on 8th May, 2019 at ACFODE House Bukoto. In attendance were 12 participants including 7 Mentors, 3 ACFODE staff and 2 Personnel from GIZ. Key on the agenda was sharing and learning from one another’s mentoring experience, drawing expectations of mentees and devising means for the betterment of their mentorship journey and the program as well.
Mentors in discussions during the reflection meeting
As they shared their experiences, most mentors accredited that telephone and WhatsApp conversations have been very helpful and fruitful in their mentoring process though physical meetings rank highly in creating impact throughout mentorship. It was thus noted that mentors are playing a delightful role in supporting their mentees though most mentees still need more guidance on how to maintain and value their mentee-mentor relationships.
One of the mentors sharing his mentoring experience to the other mentors at the reflection meeting
ACFODE believes and envisages mentors as great contributors in building the youth for the future and such arrangements are one way to support them achieve this goal. As Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “we cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future,” Sauti Ya Sasa strives to achieve the latter.