Do you think “education is the most powerful tool to change the world” ? Do you want to help young learners to achieve their dreams and get a university degree?
You can make a huge difference in the life of young people from Alexandra township.
Mentors and mentees during a guided tour of the street art in Johannesburg
The “Sizanani mentorship program” was launched 10 years ago. Our mentors are South African and foreign professionals who coach Grade 10, 11 or 12 learner(s) from Alexandra township. Learners and mentees are part of the “IKusasa Lethu project”, run by St Mary’s school (Waverley) which offers Saturday classes in five subjects to top learners of Alexandra high schools.
In 2016, 85 mentors – from South Africa, France and other countries – took care of 131 mentees. Mentors are expected to meet their mentee(s) once a month on an outing independently organized or with other mentors. Sizanani also proposes collective outings and activities throughout the year (exhibitions, camps in the Magaliesberg, talent show, etc.). Mentors play a crucial role by providing mentees with career information, counselling, motivation, communication skills and study tips. Except for the outings, there is no financial involvement in the programme.
Motivational speakers, representatives of tertiary institutions, professionals and students are invited every month to talk to our learners. Workshops are also organised to help them choose their future career.
Thanks to our sponsors, many of our ex-mentees, now studying at University, have been assisted with bursaries.
Are you interested to become a mentor or to share your professional experience with our learners?
Are you willing to donate a used laptop or calculator to one of our students? Or would you like to help with funding?
Our first induction meeting for new mentors will be held on February 18, 2017, at 12 pm, at St Mary’s school in Waverley, near Sandton.
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