Tjhabelang-Bainsvlei Combined Mentoring Initiative
Project Manager Engela Fourie from Tjhabelang Primary School in Bloemfontein saw the need for students leaving the school to be mentored towards maturity and to become more resilient teenagers through one-on-one mentoring.
Who are the Mentees?
The Mentees are old Tjhabelang students now attending Bainsvlei-Combined High School and residing in the hostel on the premises of the school in Bloemfontein.
Who are the Mentors?
The Mentors are hand picked Bloemfontein citizens with a heart for youth development.
What is the nature of the Mentoring sessions?
Mentors and mentees will meet face-to-face for 80 sessions both at and away from the school, under the initiative of each mentor/mentee pair. Each contact session is at least 45 minutes and occurs at least three times in a four week cycle. The duration of the mentoring relationships should last between 18-24 months. In addition, LifeXchange provides activities to encourage relationship building at the beginning of each mentoring relationship.
Benefits for the Mentees?
The project will build resilience in many areas of their lives, including educational competence, social skills, life skills and general support. However the biggest benefit for the Mentees are that they now have an older, more experienced adult in their lives who loves them unconditionally.
Benefits for the Mentors?
Working cross culturally and learning to communicate and love someone you would normally never meet is a game changer. If all South Africans do this we might see miracles happening!