My workplace recently started a school based mentoring program to empower and support young people who are secondary students, to keep them engaged and introduce them to an alternate learning environment.
I have always been interested to work with and help out young adults. Before this job, I used to be an IT teacher for students in diploma and advance diploma in a university. So when I saw the email floating around for mentoring, I signed up for it. The best thing about it is that most of the program happens during the lunch time which means I don’t need to compromise with the time I get to spend with Chhori.
Once I applied for the program I got a call for an interview. I was nervous about the process but it went quite smoothly and I was selected by the panel.
The program started 10 weeks ago and it was a great start. We met the girls we are going to mentor and had a few activities to get to know them better and vice versa.
From the first week, we have been meeting with them every Tuesday afternoon at lunch time and doing different activates.
I can’t believe that the weeks have just flow by and we have done cultural cooking, craft class, laser tag, self-defence class, speech class, African drumming class, sushi making class, yoga class and all in a fun environment.
Most of the girls picked for this program are average students who are a bit shy at first. As we got to know them slowly and they opened up and now they are really comfortable with us.
On the cultural cooking day, I made chicken momo and taught them how to wrap up the momo. I was surprised that they learned it so quickly and did a great job. Other mentors made pizza, frittata, calamari haloumi and scones and it was and awesome session.
Last week, we went out for lunch with them before their 2 weeks break and we will start the program again for another 10 weeks.
I am so happy that I signed up and am a part of such a great program to get involved with young people.
Have you done anything similar? Please share other ideas you have to get young people involved so we can use that for our next session.
Thank you everyone and take care.
M from nepaliaustralian