K-MEP is a mentoring programme developing the personal and leadership skills in our sponsored students by matching them with business leaders from a business or organisation, who becomes their mentor to help them persue their ambitions.
The students improve their personal skills and network of contacts, preparing them fully for the world of work.
The business leaders are able to give back and support the next generation.
And they become better business leaders too – learning to coach and mentor; develop their communication skills and their ability to manage people and projects; and extending their own network of business contacts.
“It is the best thing l have ever been given, asante. Thanks mam, you are my hero.” (Student)
“The best thing I have done this year. We’ve changed lives” (Mentor)
Why is this needed?
The Red Rubber Ball Foundation has sponsored 145 children through secondary school scholarships so they can complete their education. These are children from disadvantaged backgrounds; some orphans, while others have lost a parent to AIDS or malaria, or who suffer illness or disability. All are too poor to afford the ‘luxury’ of education and would not be in school without our support.
Our scholarship has allowed them to complete secondary school and as we have watched their progress over four years, we have seen them make the most of the opportunity they have had.
But what happens then?
What happens to those who do not go on to university or college? Can they secure meaningful long term employment or set up their own venture to generate an income?
And those who do go to university or college – are they fully equipped with the personal and leadership skills needed by leading companies in the 21st century?
Our K-MEP mentoring programme fills this gap.
So far Students have …
- Found full-time work
- Obtained an apprenticeship
- Undertaken work experience
- Been accepted on a degree course
- Learned a new language
- A better understanding of what they really want to do
- Taken steps to achieve long-term dreams and short-term goals
- Greater self-awareness, of their own thinking and behaviour
- Had a positive impact on others
- Joined a university peer group at providing mentoring/counselling for Year One students
- Supported her mentor by caring for her when recovering from an operation
- Shared accommodation
- Volunteered at a primary school in the Kibera slums
- Been able to speak in public at a celebration evening.
And the Mentors have …
- Given back to their community
- Been at times a teacher, a friend, sharing what they have learned in life
- Helped the students to take responsibility and prioritise
- Raised their own game as a result of taking part in the programme
- Received a boost to their own confidence by being chosen as a mentor
- Met wonderful new people.
All mentors and students reported that they had created life-long friendships.
Interested in becoming a mentor?
Click here for more details on the K-MEP mentoring programme
Read our Mentor Guidance Notes
And download our How to be an Encourager report.
Help us do more
There are 7 simple ways you can help us roll this out to more places and some of them won’t cost you a penny.