Archive | August, 2012

Program Participants – Introduction

17 Aug

Over the past three years, Mentor Together has evolved its flagship one-year mentoring program to incorporate several lessons and best practices. Though these are still early days for Mentor Together, we have made great progress in fine-tuning our program, introducing new processes, refining our curriculum and streamlining our mentor-mentee recruitment method. Our mentees from various socio-economic backgrounds have gained immensely from the wise counsel of Mentor Together mentors.

To further enrich the quality of the mentoring experience, Mentor Together has always looked to supplement the curriculum with real-world projects on which mentors and mentees could collaborate and work together. The idea is to provide an opportunity for experiential learning and foster an atmosphere for valuable mentoring experiences.

With Ashoka India selecting Mentor Together as one of the two organizations for the Ashoka Lead Changemakers program, we have an opportunity to take a decisive leap in this direction. Over the next three months, a select group of mentors will work with mentees to identify social issues that affect them and develop prototypes and models to address these issues. The two important ideas that define the program are – 1) giving an opportunity for youth to make a journey of personal transformation 2) empowering youth to be social change agents. At the heart of the program are the principles of Mentoring and Social Entrepreneurship.

As Mentor Together prepares to embark on this exciting new journey, it is appropriate to start with an introduction of the partners and stakeholders who made it possible.

Ashoka India:

Ashoka India came into being in 1981. In 1982, they elected the first group of Ashoka Fellows. Since then Ashoka India has grown into a rich fellowship of more than 350 fellows who are working in diverse fields.

Ashoka India has a vibrant fellowship across the country, out of which almost 50% are involved in various initiatives, as facilitators, co-developers and leaders as well as panellists in the selection process.

Ashoka in India focuses on four areas – ‘Full Economic Citizenship’, ‘Rural Development’, ‘Law for all Initiative’ and ‘Youth and Children’.

SAP:

Headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, and with locations in more than 130 countries, SAP AG is the world leader in enterprise applications.

SAP India is the fastest growing subsidiary of SAP AG, the world’s leading provider of business software solutions. SAP India began its operations in 1996 and has a growing headcount of 4835 employees.

As mentioned, Ashoka India has selected Mentor Together as one of the two organizations for the Ashoka Lead Changemakers program. SAP is funding the program and SAP India is helping us recruit mentors from its employee pool.

Mentor Together will run this program working closely with Ashoka India and SAP India. The first workshop will be held on September 15th, 2012.

Stay tuned for more updates!