Written by Super User
Africa 2.0 is drawing on it's network of leaders and partnering them with mentees, in order to groom young leaders across the continent.
25% of Africans are below the age of 25, what this implies is that, by the year 2020, over 200 millions young Africans will be entering the job market.
In this light, it is evident that the future of Africa lies in the hands of its youth. The Africa 2.0 mentorship program is built on the belief in the power of mentoring, and its ability to transform young emerging leaders into leaders capable of shaping their destiny and transforming Africa.
Capacity building constitutes another one of the pillars of the Vision Africa 2.0 manifesto. The pivotal role assigned to capacity building within the vision is based on the assertion that Africa’s greatest wealth is its people.
It is against this backdrop the Africa 2.0 mentorship program was created.
WHAT we aim to do is -
- Groom young African leaders across the continent, prepare them to act as responsible and visionary accelerators of progress on the continent: taking leadership seriously.
- Build an educated, skilled, rewarded, sustainable workforce that will propel Africa.
- Build a network of emerging leaders in the habit of asking for advice, and encouraging their peers.
- Encourage knowledge-based innovation: learning from those more experienced, implementing change informed by youth.
- The Africa 2.0 Mentorship initiative is a one year programme conducted virtually or “face to face” between an assigned mentor and mentee. While the use of technology is able to bypass challenges posed by proximity, both parties meet in person at least once during the duration of the program.
- Each mentor is assigned three mentees, each of which in turn is assigned their own mentees, at a different stage of experience from them. Thus it moves from professionals to postgraduates, to graduates, to high school students. Mentors and mentees meet face o face at least once during the program, and female mentor, male mentee relationships are encouraged.
Your support is needed: Think you have what it takes? If you're eager to teach and to learn, sign up to be a mentor. Maybe you know someone else who you think would make a good part of the team. We're interested in candidates from every level - nominate your boss, yourself, your bright as a button niece. Write to us:
Benefits for mentees
- Acquisition of new technical, interpersonal and/or leadership skills
- Enhanced professional and personal developmental opportunities and exposure.
- Networking opportunity in sphere of influence.
Benefist for mentors
- Develop a more personal style of leadership, and hone their coaching, counselling and leadership skills.
- Exposure to new ideas, technologies and perspectives through their relationship with mentees
- Expanded relationships built on mutual trust and shared learning.