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 West Pokot, Kenya.

100 More Girls Join the 21st Century Skills Course & More!
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.
West Pokot Updates
On another note, a lot has been happening in West Pokot over the past few weeks. Firstly, a new class of 100 girls have officially joined the 21
st Century Skills Program at St. Elizabeth’s. Yes! They have started classes already and will be learning ICT skills, agricultural skills, cookery, hairdressing, and beadwork over the coming months. The girls are very enthusiastic and already in awe of what they can do on a computer and with all the information they have access to online. They also can’t wait to learn about this ‘strange thing that can make video calls’ (Skype) and they are eagerly asking when they will get to try it out. If you are mentoring a girl in the Lab, ask her to have a Skype call!

The girls have embraced learning about poultry keeping and horticulture too. They have learned that growing low-maintenance vegetables is more than enough to provide them with an income. The fields are now painted red, as the tomatoes and red pepper are ready for harvesting, and the rest of the land is being prepared for planting. The girls in the Lab are utilizing their horticulture skills to feed the school and the neighboring homesteads, and we await the time when they will have enough to sell to the whole county.
If Your Mentoring a Girl in College
If your mentee is in college, she is likely taking her end-of-semester exams or continuous assessment tests. She will then head home for a long holiday. Take a moment to find out what your mentee is currently doing and how her exams are coming along.
On the 24th– 27th of April, the older girls went through a series of workshops on:
  • Stress management and decision-making
  • Work readiness and resume writing
  • Reproductive health, personal hygiene, and grooming
  • Financial literacy
During this period, your mentee also reported on the progress of her Give Back Commitment, which she has been implementing over the past year. She reported on
what she has accomplished and how many lives she has impacted. At this time, she
either renewed her commitment or registered a new one. This is the perfect opportunity for you to ask your mentee about her commitment. Ask her what kind of impact it has had on her community, what she has learned, and if she plans to register a new commitment or continue carrying out the same one.
You can also ask your mentee what she took away from the stress management and decision-making workshops. These are critical skills for her as she evaluates her next steps after school, or if she just joined college, how to deal with the challenges she might be facing. Talk together about her struggles, and how she is dealing with them. As always, your personal experience and insights mean the world to her.
Best regards,
Hellen & Rosemary,
West Pokot Newsletter Team
Volunteer Opportunities
Currently we are seeking volunteers to help with the following projects:
  • PR Strategy: Volunteer needed to provide input on draft outline of PR/Communications Strategy and to produce a fleshed-out strategic plan for identifying and reaching target audiences.
Resources for Mentors
If you are a Microsoft mentor, remember to add yourself to the MS Alias Group: Global Give Back Circle Mentors –
ggbcmentors@microsoft.com – to ensure you receive updates, lunch invites, mentoring tips & more.
All Mentors are invited to join the private Facebook Group for Mentors,
here.
Time Spent Reading Counts!

The following are articles that may be relevant to the mentoring process or offer background information about issues that may impact the life of your mentee. Remember that the time you spend reading and digesting these articles (and others you find) is valuable volunteer time you can add to your log! There’s a link to the GIVE TOOL (see blue button below) to make logging and tracking your hours easier.

Women Pressing On For Progress in East Africa
The EastAfrican celebrates heroines in the region who have charted new paths, made a mark in their space against all odds and remained unrelenting in their quest to fulfill aspirations and dreams.
Read more.
Mass Graves Discovered 24 Years After Rwandan Genocide
Up to 3,000 bodies are thought to be buried in the graves, victims of a 100-day massacre that left 800,000 people dead. Survivors wonder why the sites are just being uncovered.
Read more.
What Would You Do With Free Money?
Villagers in Kenya are taking part in the world’s largest trial to see what happens when charity cash goes directly to the people who need it.
Watch now.

 

To Achieve Gender Equality in Politics, Men Must Do More
The emergence of the #MeToo movement has led to an increase in the global dialogue on the problem of sexual violence and harassment, but there are still sectors where the conversation lags behind. Read more.
How Women at the Top Can Renew Their Mental Energy
For women with leadership ambitions, there is no shortage of advice for how to reach the top.
Read more.
Kenya Elephant Conservationist Daphne Sheldrick Dies, Aged 83
Conservationist Daphne Sheldrick – famous for rearing orphaned baby elephants – dies of cancer. Read more.
5 Things You Should Always Tell Your Boss
Communicating well with your boss is the key to having a good working relationship-and that’s critical to your success at work.
Read more.

 

8 Women, Use ‘Power Language’ To Speak Up, Stand Out And Get Ahead
Ever find yourself using the phrase “Correct me if I’m wrong, but..?” or talking down your achievements?
Read more
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Women Grow 70% Of Africa’s Food. But Have Few Rights Over the Land They Tend
Jamila Abass discusses the issues of land rights through her study of women in agriculture in Kenya.
Read more.

 

Why It’s So Hard to Hear Negative Feedback
What if instead of anxiously worrying about criticism, you excitedly welcomed it?
Read more
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Resistance Is Futile. To Change Habits, Try Replacement Instead
An inconvenient bit of neuroscience: The more you try not to think about a bad habit, the harder it gets to resist. So think about something else.
Read more
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With Tweet, Nikki Haley Embraces More Women in Leadership
Karen Pierce has been appointed to the Security Council of the United Nations (UN).
Read more.