eMentoring Africa (eMA) is a Kenyan not-for-profit organization founded in 2008 by Esther Muchiri with a view to building the capacity of students and youth in Kenya and Africa through online and face to face mentoring platforms. The need to establish a mentorship organization emerged after the 2007/08 post-election violence in Kenya, where young people were identified as the main perpetrators and victims. The experience also demonstrated high levels of despair and hopelessness among the youth. Our understanding was that whereas the problem was linked to economic disparity and high unemployment levels facing Kenyan youth, they also lacked role models who could help them discover and pursue their positive inclinations, untapped potential, demonstrated skills and bubbling creativity. The challenge was also understood in the context of widespread changes experienced in society today where natural mentors (parents) are either unavailable or unable to provide guidance to their children. The demonstrated alternative was to adopt a deliberate approach to fill the gap.
eMA’s mentoring program therefore constitutes a deliberate, planned pairing of a more skilled or experienced person (Mentor) with a lesser skilled or experienced one (Mentee), with the goal of having the Mentee (youth) grow and develop specific competencies. Through continued involvement, the Mentor offers support, guidance, and assistance as the Mentee either goes through a difficult or uncertain period, faces new challenges, or works to correct earlier problems. Ours is to match young people, Mentees, with mentors and role models; to impart values, positive attitudes, and integrity; to transform youth at risk to become true leaders, today and tomorrow
A transformed and empowered youth who are productive and sensitive to the challenges of our society.
To build a responsible society by imparting values, life-skills, integrity and professionalism to teenagers, youth, and young career graduates in Africa.
This is a program that is aimed at exposing high school and university students to skills & training in the job market while still in school. Working with and through schools and universities, the program seeks to expose students to work place skills. This will be actualized through partnerships with employers (industry representatives) to provide opportunities for practical real life experiences at the work place and in learning institutions to these students, so that they can apply skills that they learn. In the context of this program, Adopt refers to agree to support, while Mentor denotes willingness to guide. Our vision in this program is to see the coming generations of Kenyan citizens empowered, skilled and engaged in productive activities that will help in actualizing the country’s vision 2030 and beyond.
eMA runs a 10-week program designed to equip fresh graduates with employability skills that majority of them lack. At the end of the program, the graduates are ready to enter the job market having the required academic and soft skills. Unfortunately, lack of experience then becomes a major road block since most corporate employers demand that the graduate have some work experience. Hence the creation of the Work Experience & Mentorship Academy (WEMA), which provides those who finish the 10-week program an employment opportunity in various sectors. Once employed, the girls will continue receiving continuous professional development and mentorship from WEMA for a period of six to twelve months. After this period, it is believed that they will have acquired the necessary skills and confidence to grow their careers.
This is leadership training and mentorship program that targets student leaders in universities. The sole purpose is to nurture the leadership traits and attributes of the student leaders, through mentorship, so as to transform them from being leaders at the university level to being society leaders of tomorrow through mastering of leadership skills. Thus, the overall objective of the program is to nurture, strengthen, and sustain leadership capabilities of student leaders as a strategy for promoting value-based leadership in the country.