MENTORS’ PARLOUR: The Inaugural Livestream Mentoring Session

After two brief but crucial interviews on Radio Citizen on mentorship and the response of youth to COVID-19, we as eMentoring Africa decided to take up the mantle. The feedback to the radio discussion by our CEO Ms. Esther Muchiri, was overwhelmingly positive, with more than 700 youths coming forward to voice their need for mentorship and guidance.

Not to be deterred by the social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines put in place, on the 9th of May 2020, we took to social media as our makeshift podium to convey our message. Instagram served as the ideal avenue to hold our first mentoring session, enabling us to introduce the brilliant and perceptive mentors to our audience. We engaged them momentarily, enough to employ their undiluted advice on matters self-esteem and peer negative influence ( Mentor Rachel), job loss/search due to COVID-19 (Mentor Hursh), sexual/relationship pains, drugs and alcohol abuse (Mentor Pamela), entrepreneurship (Mentor Maggie) and talent development (Mentor Nabutola) among many questions raised by the youth on the societal issues they are facing. Furthermore, the platform allowed our audience to familiarize themselves with the mentors who have since then agreed to provide online mentoring sessions on our weekly live streams.

Social media has proven to be a marvelously capable conversational tool, one which we will be putting to use more often with the upcoming mentoring sessions. In such strange, dire times, young people need positive guidance more now than ever before. As an organization, we have decided to respond to the youth’s call for aid and assume the role of ‘pathfinder’, to help steer them in the right direction.

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