Amie’s Mentoring Story

The Global Give Back Circle – Girls Guiding Government Program informed me in November 2016 that I would be paired with a young woman by the name of Nadege. I had put great effort into crafting my application to become a mentor with the ‘Circle’, so I was delighted to hear that I had been paired with a willing mentee so quickly. Nadege and I wrote consistently for several months. In doing so I learned that Nadege attends Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology in Kigali, Rwanda. Nadege indicated she enjoys basketball and writing. Meanwhile, I learned she and I share many hobbies and interests, including reading non-fiction books and watching TED Talks. Through our email exchanges over several months, I learned more about Nadege’s passions, including gender equality and female empowerment, as well as international policy and development. Our email exchanges revealed to me how very committed Nadege was to the tenants of the Global Give Back Circle – Girls Guiding Government Program and all of its various workshops and sessions. Additionally, the exchanges also revealed how mature, bright, and grounded Nadege is.

It was for all of these reasons that I was so immensely proud and happy to read Nadege’s news in a letter this spring that she had been selected to participate in the Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) program hosted by Yale University. She had applied and been selected to participate in the highly selective two-week program at the university and therefore would be coming to the United States for the first time. As details about the program and therefore her trip became finalized, Nadege informed me that the YYGS program would include seminars about executive decision making, resource scarcity, cybersecurity, and humanitarian intervention, amongst others seminars. Furthermore, the program would encourage her and her cohort to think strategically and to negotiate potential responses to complex international dilemmas.

It was around this time in spring that I inquired whether Nadege would mind if I visited her in New Haven, Connecticut while she was in the United States for the program. She agreed that it was perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and that it should not be squandered. Therefore, I rode a train up the Eastern seaboard to meet a bright young woman who I never dreamed I would ever meet in person. In New Haven, we hugged, laughed, took a brief stroll near the university, shared a meal, and exchanged gifts reflective our respective home countries. The time getting to know Nadege has been tremendously positive; one in which I have learned as much as I shared. Meanwhile, the experience of meeting Nadege in person was more gratifying than I had even initially anticipated. Befriending Nadege and the work of the Global Give Back Circle inspires me beyond measure.

– Amie Didlo

Amie currently serves within the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government.