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Asha Mentorship Programme – Induction of New Mentors

Asha Mentorship Programme – Induction of New Mentors

Asha’s Mentorship Programme 2016 wave has begun! Mentorship Coordinator, Kimberly O’Brien organised an induction meet on May 21, 2016 with the presence of about 20 potential mentors at the Asha Headquarters. Supporters from the Australian, New Zealand and British High Commission, along with some professionals from leading corporates gathered to have a better understanding of Mentorship Programme and how they can be a part of it.

Mentorship Coordinator, Kimberly addressing the gathering

Mentorship Coordinator, Kimberly addressing the gathering

While Senior Programme Coordinator, Ayesha Seymour briefed the gathering about Asha’s various programmes, Kimberly gave an overview of the mentorship programme and how the mentors can provide their valuable support to the young Asha students.

It was wonderful to hear the previous years’ mentors speak about their experience of being a part of the programme. “It is beautiful to watch the students grow and succeed,” shared Mr Mark Westenra from the New Zealand High Commission, who has been a part of the programme ever since its inception, and is mentoring two of Asha students.

Mr Westenra talking about his experience of mentoring Asha students

Mr Westenra talking about his experience of mentoring Asha students

Two of the Asha students, Ved Prakash and Navita shared their experience of having mentors in their life through this programme. “Since 2014 I have been a part of this programme. It is the guidance of my mentors that has helped me learn so much about work and life,” shared Ved, who is being mentored by Katheriene Ruiz-Avila, also present at the event.

Asha student, Ved Prakash with his mentor Katheriene Ruiz-Avila

Asha student, Ved Prakash with his mentor Katheriene Ruiz-Avila

Asha student, Navita sharing her experience of the Mentor-Mentee relationship

Asha student, Navita sharing her experience of the Mentor-Mentee relationship

The guests also visited Ekta Vihar slum colony and interacted with college students as well as Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) and were enthralled with the work that they all have been doing.

A student from Ekta Vihar slum colony describing her journey with Asha

A student from Ekta Vihar slum colony describing her journey with Asha

Launched in 2012, Asha’s Mentorship Programme is a pioneering initiative where a professional guides college students from Asha slum communities. Students, thus, are able to get varied ideas about professionalism, can avail support and advice from their respective mentors, have a clearer picture about available career prospects and value themselves because of the confidence they acquire through their mentors.

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