The Mentor Monologues – April 2018

The Mentor Monologues – April 2018
A special monthly publication dedicated to guiding Mentors throughout their mentoring journey with a girl from Kenya.
Workshop Recap: Workforce Readiness
Dear Partner,
From one newsletter to another, we are excited to share with you the feature story in Penn State’s
April newsletter. It is a story about our founder and the journey which led her to the creation of the Global Give Back Circle. It is a reflective story, and one which provides insights into the genesis of our program’s design and strategy. Read the story,
here.
A Life-Changing Experience for Mentors and Their Families
Did you know the Global Give Back Circle has organized an exciting and life-changing volunteer trip to Kenya this year? This was created based on so many requests from mentors. It is designed to engage the whole family, as many of our mentors want their children to engage in a really meaningful volunteer project. The trip will take place in October. For more information, check out
our trip flyer.Workshop Recap: Workforce Readiness
On another note, this month your mentee went through several workshops in Nairobi. The main theme of the workshop was ‘Workforce Readiness’. This workshop is a series that covered:
  1. Personal Branding: Beneficiaries identified the qualities or skills that makes them unique, while also acknowledging weaknesses and how they can work on them.
  2. Networking: Beneficiaries were coached on networking skills, how to identify toxic networks, and how to avoid and eliminate them.
  3. Interviewing: Beneficiaries learned the do’s and don’ts of interviewing.
  4. CV Writing: Beneficiaries learned how to write a standout CV and resume that builds on relevant work experience.
Your mentee also learned about worked etiquette, social media do’s and don’ts, and understanding her value proposition.
Coaching Your Mentee On These Skills
As a college student, it is important that your mentee learn and embrace leadership skills, that she build her resume, and that she network and foster professional relationships. Encourage her to join student clubs and organizations on campus, vie for leadership positions, attend professional forums and conferences, and gain internship experience. You can also share with her what what you found most useful when you were her age and were preparing to join the workforce. Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently?
Best regards,
Alice, Emma, Naom, & Zainab
International and Kenyan Newsletter Team
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