SAYes Blog: Mentorship Musings

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MEET OUR MENTEES – new regular feature!

Mentors , Jun 07, 2022

Welcome to our new feature spotlighting our mentors and mentees.


Each week, we will interview one of our mentors or mentees and find out about their SAYes journey. We hope you enjoy learning more about us.

What is your name?
Langa 

What is/was your role at SAYes?
Mentee

What year/s were you in the SAYes programme?
Since 2021.

How did you hear about SAYes?
Through South African’s Children’s Home.

What attracted you to SAYes/What made you sign up?
The way they handle the first interview and to see how you click with the different mentors and they know what they’re doing to pair you with the best possible mentor.

Tell us about the positives of the programme.
Someone who can listen, guide and spend time with me. I believe no money can buy time.

Tell us about any challenges you faced in the SAYes programme.
Due to covid it was impossible to meet each other face to face but it was good to know that we were going to chat via our social media each week for an hour.

Tell us about the positives of the programme.
The consistent meetings; the surprise visits; the good listening skills of the mentor; the genuine interest they show us; and the mere thought that there is someone out there for me.

Read more how about how you can be mentored by SAYes –  either in South Africa or in the UK. https://sayesmentoring.org/sayes-mentoring-uk-get-involved-in-2021/

or email us at mailto:mentee@sayesmentoring.org

What is your name?
Zizipho

What is/was your role at SAYes?
Mentee

What year/s were you in the SAYes programme?
From 2013-2022.

How did you hear about SAYes?
I heard from my childcare.

What attracted you to SAYes/What made you sign up?
I was looking for a role model. Looking for direction for my life and family; someone to talk to from time to time; a friend.

Tell us about the positives of the programme.
I gained a network of friends who I can ask for advice and connections. I learned new ideas about different types of life issues.

SAYes made me realise who I am as a person and know my rights as a young black diamond.

Read more how about how you can be mentored by SAYes –  either in South Africa or in the UK. https://sayesmentoring.org/sayes-mentoring-uk-get-involved-in-2021/

or email us at mailto:mentee@sayesmentoring.org

 

What is your name?
Lysette Tshikuna

What is/was your role at SAYes? Mentor or Mentee?
I’m a mentee.

What year/s were you in the SAYes programme?
From 2014 to present…

How did you hear about SAYes?
Child and youth care centre.

What attracted you to SAYes/What made you sign up?
When I lived in the children’s home, everyone had the opportunity to be part of the SAYes program. However, as I benefitted a lot from the mentoring sessions, I decided that even when I left the home, I still wanted to be a mentee in the program. It offered a lot of guidance for a young person that did not have their parents around. I was also able to meet some of the best mentors, in my opinion. They supported me through my endeavours as I went on to pursue tertiary education. They still support me, even today.

What concerns (if any) did you have when thinking about signing up?
Life after leaving the child care centre. Where would I live? What would I do with my life? Will I work?

What were you hoping to get out of the SAYes programme?
Help managing my life as an independent person.

Tell us about the positives of the programme.
In my matric year, the youth care centre I lived in decided not to have the program and because of this I believe that I struggled a lot, in terms of managing and planning for life after high school. Thankfully, I was still in contact with Hailey Nel and she assisted me when I felt lost.

Read more how about how you can be mentored by SAYes –  either in South Africa or in the UK. https://sayesmentoring.org/sayes-mentoring-uk-get-involved-in-2021/

or email us at mailto:mentee@sayesmentoring.org

 

 

What is your name?
Lee Canda

What is/was your role at SAYes? Mentor or Mentee?
I’m a mentee.

What year/s were you in the SAYes programme?
From 2018 to present…

How did you hear about SAYes?
Children’s Home in Plumstead.

What attracted you to SAYes/What made you sign up?The fact that they were so friendly and willing to help where they can.

What concerns (if any) did you have when thinking about signing up?
I thought it would be hard for me to open up to the mentors.

What were you hoping to get out of the SAYes programme?
Just to have more knowledge and a better insight on how to understand things in life and my surroundings.

Tell us about the positives of the programme.
They help you reach 80% of your goals whether it’s long term or short term. They’re also there when you’re in need of someone to talk to.

I would love to be part of the SAYes program again this year and forward into the future.

Read more how about how you can be mentored by SAYes –  either in South Africa or in the UK. https://sayesmentoring.org/sayes-mentoring-uk-get-involved-in-2021/

or email us at mailto:mentee@sayesmentoring.org

 

What is your name?
Junior Louw

What is/was your role at SAYes? Mentor or Mentee?
I’m a mentee.

What year/s were you in the SAYes programme?
From 2020…

How did you hear about SAYes?
Mhinti Pato at Sakhisizwe Youth Development Program.

What attracted you to SAYes/What made you sign up?
I needed the extra help or guidance for my education, my future.

What were you hoping to get out of the SAYes programme?
The necessary advice that I need. Someone that I can always get back to when I’m stuck – so basically freedom and knowledge.

Tell us about the positives of the programme.
I loved everyone I’m matched with. 

I really find people who understand me, people who do not judge me at SAYes and I love it.

Read more how about how you can be mentored by SAYes –  either in South Africa or in the UK. https://sayesmentoring.org/sayes-mentoring-uk-get-involved-in-2021/

or email us at mailto:mentee@sayesmentoring.org

 

What is your name?
Bertin Kalombo

What is/was your role at SAYes? Mentor or Mentee?
I’m a mentee, as well as the current chair of the SAYes alumni.

What year/s were you in the SAYes programme?
From 2015…


How did you hear about SAYes?
I heard about SAYes when the team came to present at the youth centre where I used to stay.

What attracted you to SAYes/What made you sign up?
I got attracted to SAYes due to their focus on growing the individual, through their step-by-step mentoring programme.

What were you hoping to get out of the SAYes programme?
At the time, I was hoping to learn how to forward plan and become more established by expanding the network of people around me.  Also, the opportunity to meet new people.

Tell us about the positives of the programme.
The positivity of the programme is that it always has a role to play within ones’ transition – if not at that moment it’s always somewhere along the way.

Read more how about how you can be mentored by SAYes –  either in South Africa or in the UK. https://sayesmentoring.org/sayes-mentoring-uk-get-involved-in-2021/

or email us at mailto:mentee@sayesmentoring.org

 

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