Mentorship Program

Target: High School Form 4 & KCSE leavers and beyond

Dates: From Tue 16th January 2024 

Location: MOW Sports Club, South C, Nairobi

Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm, once per week

Cost: Ksh 2,500/- per session, 

Payable by MPesa to Till No. 9366385

To register, kindly click here  

For Sponsored students, Terms & Conditions are available by clicking here 



Transition preparation: 

Life-skills from high school into college & real life!  

This includes, but is not limited to, helping  prepare willing, passionate and visionary youth to further seek admission and scholarship into top, world class institutions. 

This is a PROCESS and not an EVENT, therefore it takes TIME as MINDSETS need to be transformed, developed and grow. Unlearning, learning & relearning.....

We celebrate the Case Study of Yuri Coret, as seen by clicking here


Our Value Addition includes; 

  • Self discovery – students first need to know themselves; their gifts, abilities, learning styles, dreams, goals and vision
  • Identify possible careers – based on knowing themselves
  • Prepare for their careers – based on post secondary institutions, such as universities
  • Plot your educational journey – setting of goals, timelines for short, medium and long term goals
  • Establish a career path – based on current & emerging challenges in the job and careers market locally and overseas
  • Establish Life & Soft skills
  • Launch entrepreneurial projects through proof of concept, pilot projects, scale up projects
The above is based on Customisation, not Standardization, deeply immersing youth in environments that celebrate their individual unique strengths, abilities, passion in an engating environment with great fun. 


Core Gap Year Topics 

  1.  Why Leadership? Case study of success of UAE
  2.  Confidence Building; Understanding self; Identifying gifts, abilities, talents
  3.  Branding; Profile writing, Presentation & Public Speaking (confidence II)
  4.  Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  5.  Emotional intelligence (EI), AQ, SQ, HQ,
  6.  Negotiation & Dispute & Conflict Resolution
  7.  Success principles, paradigms, beliefs & attitudes
  8.  Entrepreneurship & Business Skills
  9.  Keys for Academic Success; Top World Class University admissions & scholarships 
  10.  Job Ready SkillsTeam building, Group Work 
  11. Optional Extras: Professional Specific Mentorship through Job Shadowing & online sessions, TBA. We truly appreciate collaboration with Corporates, that include but are not limited to; BIDCO Africa, Davis & Shirtliff, Kenya Power, Kenya Institute of Highways & Building Technology (KIBBT), Standard Media Group (KTN), Nation Media Group (NTV), Citizen TV, KBC TV, K24 TV, Zuri Awards and others. Full list is available by clicking here 

We truly appreciate the leadership and Peer Mentorship of previous AKAD mentees. 

They include, but are not limited to, Joan Nekoye (Brown University, 2020),  Eric Fairweather (Minerva Schools 2019) mentored Joshpat Lowoi (Duke University, 2018) mentored by Ernest Ochieng (Harvard University, 2016), Yuri Coret & Boniface Omina (African Leadership University, 2023)

The success of our Peer Mentoring model was well demonstrated many whom Ernest (Harvard, 2016) has positively inspired, impacted and influenced many such as Yuri, Boniface, James, Josphat, Eric and others. 

Ernest was mentored at Alliance High School by George Gathiani (Washington University in St. Louis, USA 2015), who was mentored by Brian Ngugi (African Leadership Academy & Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany, 2019). Brian was mentored by Nyamawih Charo (Bath University, UK 2015) and Wambui Mburu, graduate of ALA and Oklahoma State University, USA. 

Need we say more??  


What is the AKAD Gap Year Program? 

This consists of ten (10) core sessions of 35 contact hours) & optional field sessions. 

The soft skills provided in the Gap Year Program include, but are not limited to the following SoftSkills, LifeSkills and Essential Skills;  Confidence Building Critical Thinking Problem Solving Leadership Development Communication Negotiation, Group Work & Team Building Time Management, Project Management Stress Management, Relationships & Mental Health Entrepreneurship & Research Branding & Public Relations Self Defense - Shotokan Karate Presentations with assignments in between.

Our training format is by participation in a Socratic fashion. This requires active participation by all - not just sitting back and falling asleep. This is delivered within a fun environment with experiential team-building methodology. 

Sufficiently motivated youth who show cause, are provided opportunity to demonstrate these skills through engaging with Adult Mentors in their areas of passion and interest. In the past this ended with the privilege of attending Kenya's annual National Prayer Breakfast with H.E. President of Kenya, Deputy President, Senators, Governors and other industry leaders for exceptional youth.

Field Events:

Our First Field Event for the GAP Year 2024 will be combined with Session 3 of 10 on Tuesday 30th January 2024 at the UN HQ offices in Gigiri, Nairobi

Due to security reasons, we are to arrive at the UN HQ entrance gate on or before 8:30am, as it can take up to one hour to have access entry.

The session is officially part of the UN commemoration of the Holocaust with our agenda as follows;

 1.      Begin by going through the art exhibition in the lobby area

 2.      This will be followed by a 1-hour walking tour of the UN Offices at 10:00am (at their standard fee, to be advised). Cost of this is to be met by us individually.

Kindly ensure you wear WALKING SHOES and not high heels or other uncomfortable footwear.

 3.      This will be followed by a 1 hour diplomatic session & panel discussion with speech by Ambassador of Israel among others and discussion with other students present. (11:00am – 2:00pm). Location is CR 1 in UNON so that you do NOT GET LOST in the premises.

 4.      Followed by our informal AKAD debriefing session, with tea/snacks at your own cost. At best, and if lucky - will include a UNON Guest Adult Mentor for an hour.

 5.      Kindly sort out your transport logistics to and from the UN HQ in Gigiri, directly opposite the US Embassy. Know what public vehicles to take. Give yourself enough TIME to get there and back. Planning & managing logistics to and from such events is your responsibility.

Hint: at best collaborate with your fellow AKAD mentees and travel together.

 6.       Entry into the UN premises requires a PICTURE ID such as your school ID. This is a high security zone, with heavily armed security from the Diplomatic Police and US Marines. Do not be in possession of anything that may cause your arrest, injury or death.


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Examples of previous Gap Year Core and Field Activities have included, but were not limited to; 


Peer Testimonial: 

Yuri Coret, July 2019

Hello everyone,

Following the successful accomplishment of the borehole renovation project in Kawangware Primary School, we were able to have a handing over event today at the school. We have sustainably impacted over 2100 students representing more than 1000 households in Kawangware slum.

Furthermore, we have contributed to the fulfillment of 9 SDG goals. I want to say a great thank you to the Davis And Shirtliff Head Office , AKAD Africa , Public Image, and PACE (Promoting Access to Community Education), Kenya for supporting me through this journey. We will be hopefully extending the project to 2 more schools in Nairobi. — at Kawangware Primary School.




Here is a wonderful testimony from a parent received yesterday, regarding  impact of our one-on‐one mentoring, following a session in January 2020. 


Thank you for your time on Monday morning. To me it was epic.

The key questions you asked my daughter - what do you have to offer, what value will you bring to the table, what solutions will you bring to the community. . were the very questions I have been grappling with over the past weeks as I write my application for my PhD. I thought that my daughter was getting exposed to a very great timely opportunity -talking to you that day. 

At 19 this was a significant way for her to think through her choices. 

Even better, the fact that you linked all categories of her person - spiritual, academic, gifting, personality together, was on point and really made me glad - many young people flow with what the world presents to them. They rarely think of who they are and what they have to offer.

Your analogy of climbing the stair well and realising that that wasn't the right  stair case made me think again about how for me as a parent - my desire has been to get my daughters' to succeed - so I am likely to allow them to walk through a door of opportunity - even if it quite wasn't the right fit ??‍♀ stood out for me.

Your discussion on the build up of a deliberate personal brand was wonderful. . .  The detail of verifying, measuring and deliberate visibility as presented was so timely. 

All in all I realised that you were truly doing what you were called to do. Something that God prepared you to do many years ago. 

I was so happy to have escorted my daughter because I learned a lot from your discussion. I asked myself - what exactly I was aiming for. .

Have a good night



Previous Case Study Activities  

For photos of activities, please visit our Facebook page "Akad Africa" oclick here

Community Service 

The advantage to participants is that community service verifies and measures your philanthropic contribution to society. 

This is of value to youth seeking to demonstrate value addition to their profiles, when seeking possible admission and scholarship opportunities in overseas institutions (where an "A" grade is not enough). Community Service is one of the five basic pillars AKAD provides assistance to our mentees.

As a result, several youth engage with collaborative programs, especially those that add value to the less fortunte. These have included engaging with youth in slum schools and areas, such as Mathare, Kawangware and others.

Sample Essays 


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Field Activity Essay samples 
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    Online e-mentorship sessions (above with Julie Gichuru)

                  Online session with Victoria Rubadiri

 Online Session with Dr. Michael Wahome, Los Angeles, USA




Josphat Lowoi 

Josphat Lowoi began his professional career as a Global Markets Analyst at BNP Paribas in New York City, upon graduation in 2022.

He was a MasterCard and Bezos Scholar at Duke University (USA), majoring in Economics; his scholarship is valued at more than USD 80K per year. Within this time, he completed a 9-week internship at BNP Paribas as a summer analyst in New York City. He also participated in the Wall Street Exchange program in New York City; the program offered weekly networking and career events facilitated by firms on Wall Street such as BNY Mellon and Wells Fargo; this highly competitive program selected participants from 52 different universities and colleges.

Having had the privilege of receiving scholarships and eventually studying in prestigious institutions, Josphat continues to give back to his community through various initiatives. His projects received grant funding amounting almost USD 25K from The Kenan-Biddle Partnership and MasterCard Scholars Program (USA). 

Josphat got acceptance into the CUBE 5.0, a University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill (USA) based program that invites students, faculty and staff to compete to receive a 1-year residency, a free 24-7 co-working space and up to USD 5K in seed funding. His projects were featured in the Standard Newspaper (one of two leading newspapers Kenya) in their Hashtag magazine in June 2019 and Duke's Program in Education annual newsletter pg. 3 of the Duke’s Collaborator: May 2019 Vol 3.

Josphat is a graduate of the African leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg, South Africa (2017). While at the institution, he was the recipient of Allan Gray award for Excellence & Entrepreneurial Achievement for authoring a Chemistry revision manual for 9th & 10th grade; Allan Gray is Southern Africa’s largest independent investment firm, managing approximately USD 40.4 Billion in investors’ asset.

Josphat was also one of five students selected to represent Africa in the Aspen ideas festival, Colorado, USA. The program pays all the expenses to attend the prestigious Aspen Ideas festival, an exceptional gathering of change drivers at the Aspen institute in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. This opportunity allowed him to hear from and meet remarkable individuals: US secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, Walter Isaacson (former CNN Boss) David Brooks (Columnist, New York Times), and Adam Grant.

Prior to joining the African Leadership Academy in South Africa, Josphat presented a memento to and thanked former USA President Bill Clinton after his speech in Kasarani Sports Centre, Kenya on behalf of nearly 10,000 Equity scholars and Equity Bank officials as an active Peer mentor and “Wings to Fly” Scholar in the Equity Leaders Program, April 2015. He was also the school captain of The Lenana School and an Associate of AKAD Education Group-Africa, where he participates in several mentoring activities.



David Kariuki

David Kariuki is the Research and Policy Development lead for Malindi constituency.

He is also team lead at a small startup, CAES a company that is contributing in efforts towards electric mobility. David is also the immediate former 21st President of the General Assembly at the Kenya Model United Nations; a student run, youth led, non-governmental organization affiliated to the United Nations Information Centre with a base of more than 1,500 students.

He is also an Associate, brand ambassador, and peer mentor at AKAD AFRICA under Dr. Rev Julius Weche and has featured alongside his mentor on National Television speaking on the significance of value based mentorship and intentional parenting. Apart from his co-curricular academic activities, he also a member of the Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) as a Youth focal Point and as the chair of the economic diplomacy sub-committee; as well as Umoja Summit Party as a youth executive. He formerly chaired the Economic diplomacy youth sub-committee at KNCCI.

David graduated from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, top of his class with a Summa Cum Laude (First Class Honors). He was a Judge at the 2021 Go Gaga Experiential’s, ZURI AWARDS. He has previously featured at a KIPPRA conference speaking on Sustainable mobility.

David is passionate about the youth, and their economic empowerment, specifically through the African Continental Free Trade Area. This has enabled him be selected as part of design thinking workshops for the Mastercard Foundation's African workforce development ecosystem and Policy and Thought Leadership. He borrows his life’s philosophy from his Alma Mater, The Alliance High School “Strong to serve.”


James Ruigu 

James is the founder and chief executive of Beespoke Honey, a business that deals in all things apiculture. He sits in the Executive Committee of the Alliance High School Old Boys Club. He is in the Youth Delegation holding talks with the Zambia High Commission to foster collaboration between youth of the two countries. 

James is an AKAD Associate, Peer Mentor and Mentee and a final year student taking Construction Management at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He is the Construction Management student representative in the Interactive Construction Management Student Organisation (ICOMSO). He is also the 2023 winner for the Construction Management student competition by the Association of Construction Managers in Kenya (ACMK). He is a certified Financial Analyst by ALX and offers guided KCSE tuition services through the AKAD Tuition services owing his excellent KCSE results and the desire to make the learning model easier for students.

James is passionate about youth leadership and impact, and sits in the Nairobi youth planning committee at the Church On The Rock Ministries. Here, among others, he engages youth in spiritual matters through music and art. James is the chairperson of the youth ministry in his church. He’s also a drummer and  band leader for The Journey JKUAT chapter.

James is an old boy of The Alliance High School (2019). At the Alliance High School, he was part of the pioneering team of "Ambassadors for Clean Content among Minors", a campaign aimed at protecting children from harmful content online, in conjunction with the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB). . This saw him represent 66% of the total children population, who access the internet on a daily basis from accessing harmful content. James has undertaken the AKAD gap year program where he has and continues to benefit in personal development, building his network and giving back to society through mentorship. In this capacity he has managed to practice and show his leadership skills during field events such as representing teenagers in a TV panel discussion, various dinners and galas such as the ZURI Awards 2020.  He has taken it a step further and has been mentoring students at Kivulini School.

James was the former president of the AKAD club in Alliance High School where he learnt and practised leadership skills. He was also the Alliance Badminton Team Manager, leading his team to victories in several inter-school tournaments. He was in the Christian Union (CU) committee and Chapel Committee as Technical Team Director and Public Relations Officer of the Peace Club. He participated in community service opportunities through leading clubs that included, but are not limited to visits to old people’s homes, Sunday school, hospital visits and children homes.

James’ mission is to pursue excellence. This entails providing solutions in the construction industry and in in the startup space. He aims to start a contracting firm in the future and to provide cutting edge innovations in construction. He also aspires to join the corporate space in leadership and management consultancy. On the entrepreneurial side, James aims at starting and funding startups for a better world. 



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  • Costs for core events at MOW Sports Club include tea & snacks. 
  • Costs exclude transport, internet, third party & field trip costs. 
  • Field trips & activities are at cost (which vary), payable in advance and subject to space availability. 
  • Field trips are available subject to collaborative partner agreements, and given on a competitive basis - which includes but is not limited to, assessment of submitted Monitoring & Evaluation Essays from Core activity events (please see essay writing format below). 
  • Timetable details of field trips will be provided to successfully registered participants on a need to know basis.
  • By registering, all participants confirm that they have the discretion and are healthy enough to participate in physically straineous team-building activities 
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