Sample Peer Mentor Essay of April 2019 Seminar
Thematic mentorship areas are of lifekills development that include, but are not limited to the following;
- Confidence Building
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Team building
- Public Speaking
- Foundations for Academic & Career Success
- Emotional Intelligence
- Mental Health
Our training format is in a Socratic fashion with youth participation - not sitting back and falling asleep. This is within a fun environment with experiential team-building methodology.
Our Value Addition includes;
1. Self discovery – students first need to know themselves; their gifts, abilities, learning styles, dreams, goals and vision
2. Identify possible careers – based on knowing themselves
3. Prepare for future careers – based on post secondary institutions, such as universities
4. Plot your educational journey – setting of goals, timelines for short, medium and long term goals
5. Establish a career path – based on current & emerging challenges in the job and careers market locally and overseas
6. Establish Life & Soft skills
7. Follow up; 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 unique strengths, abilities, passion with great fun
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- The onus is on the students to dress appropriately - sports shoes, t-shirts and swimming attire as per timetable dates
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- Manual liability waiver is to be signed for walk in participants.
Resource Persons: Adult Mentors
Jennifer Musyoki is a Civil Engineer with proven work experience of nearly 10 years in the water sector.
She has been involved in the planning and design of urban and rural water and sanitation facilities as well as supporting national and county government in formulation and implementing water and sanitation policies, strategies and plans. Jennifer is passionate about supporting national and county governments and water sector institutions to deliver on their mandate and mission contributing to the attainment of the global development agenda.
Jennifer and her mother (also an Engineer) founded Authentic Living International Company Ltd in 2012 to offer advisory services to support governments, institutions and organizations in policy design and implementation, capacity building and development, institutional design and program management. The company also offers one-on-one advisory services to decision makers, managers and individuals to maximize their potential and impact.
Jennifer is a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker who has a deep desire to see God reveal Himself in the lives of His people. Her calling is to nurture a new breed of leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and high achievers who God will use to transform their nation and the nations of the world. Jennifer is an author of a book, “Kingdom Living: Living Everyday God’s Way”, published in December 2016. Kingdom Living is a book written to encourage a people to align every area of their life with the truth of God’s word.
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Resource Persons: Peer Mentors
Josphat Lowoi is a current student at Duke University (USA) on a full Master Card Foundation Scholarship of US$ 80,000 per year. He is a graduate of the African leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg, South Africa (2017) and an AKAD Peer Mentor and Trainer.
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 has given back by speaking to several schools, such as The Alliance High school, Lenana School, Precious Blood-Riruta, Ngubereti High school and others.
In March, 2016, Josphat was 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 and the best brains on in the world at the Aspen institute in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Through this opportunity, he met remarkable individuals ranging from US secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, Walter Isaacson (former CNN Boss and current president of the Aspen Institute) David Brooks (Columnist of the New York Times) to Adam Grant whose consulting clients include Google, US Army and the world Economy Forum.
Josphat is a Yale Global scholar, a recipient of a full tuition scholarship to attend the Yale Young global Scholars program in New Haven, Connecticut, USA to discuss various seminal texts related to Climate change and energy.
At the African Leadership Academy, Josphat was part of the team that organised the Southern African Ideas festival; a three day event held in South Africa that brings together innovative youths from across the continent and connects them to global mentors such as Jon Harari, CEO of WindowsWear.
Josphat is a Peer Counselor and a Student Ambassador representing ALA in official functions like media interviews, facilitating guest speaker sessions and welcoming guests, such as Michael Joseph, former Boss of Safaricom in Kenya.
Prior to joining ALA, Josphat was the school captain of The Lenana School and an author of a chemistry book. He is an Associate of Akad Education Group-Africa, where he participates in several mentoring activities, such as the signature “Mentoring Future Leaders” seminar with Dr. Vimal Shah at Bidco Africa.
Upon graduation, Josphat seeks to further give back to society by passing on skills acquired at ALA to European students attending Leaf School in Slovakia. He is admitted to Duke University, USA.
Josphat has regularly been in the Kenyan national press such as in “The Daily Nation” newspaper after posting excellent KCSE results and being featured in Equity Group foundation magazines. More information is available at the links below.
Moraa Ataya is the Secretary and Treasurer of the Ambassadors Club consisting of youth ranging between the ages of 16 to 21 years at Karengata SDA Church. She is an alumnus of Loreto Convent Valley Road Secondary School where she graduated from high school in the year 2018.She is an AKAD mentee.
At the moment, she is a panelist at the G.O.A.L Campaign 2019 which is an evangelistic campaign that is being hosted at her church targeting the youth in universities located close to the church. She is currently undergoing a freelancing training by Walter Akolo whereby she is learning skills on article writing for clients all over the world. She is currently improving her diversity in art, by venturing in pebble art. She paints graphics on paper and canvas. She does portraits in pencil.
Moraa sings tenor in the Ambassadors Choir as well as in a singing group known as Jabulani. She is part of the football and basketball teams of the Adventist Youth of Karengata SDA Church. She is taking cello lessons at The Kenya Conservatoire of Music. Moraa rears dogs of half terrier/ half havanese spits breed. She has been able to market and sell 4 sets of puppies born at an interval of six months and is currently selling the 5th set. She also swims and trains competitively three times a week. In her free time, she loves to read both fictional and non-fictional books and take walks. She is currently taking part in the AKAD Gap Year program 2019 where she has been able to network with youth of her age and learn more about branding, leadership, emotional intelligence and relationships.
While at Loreto Convent Valley Road Secondary School, she served as the School Games Captain in the 2017/2018 term. Her character as a student was able to earn her the Best All-round Student Award in 2018. She was part of the school swimming team. This gave her opportunities to take part in national and international swimming galas. In June/July 2017; she was able to represent Kenya in the Dubai Summer Sizzler 2017 hosted by the Hamilton Aquatics which had 34 teams from all over the world participating, Kenya being the only African country that participated.
Moraa was also part of the school football team whereby she served as the deputy captain in 2017. Her passion in art has been demonstrated in her currently completed project on Body Art whereby she was able to work with upcoming photographers such as Nicole Mulure (mj.wambz on Instagram/SHIKS FILMS on YouTube) and David Gitobu (bygitobu on Instagram/David Gitobu on YouTube). She has been able to complete 7 portraits in pencil and two paintings on canvas during her artistic journey.
Moraa wants to study medicine in Kenya and specialize in Psychiatry. She looks forward to more art projects and collaborations which will help her get more recognised . She is looking into improving herself as a leader while being an AKAD mentee. She hopes to collaborate with Yuri Coret in his ‘Maji Kwa Wanafunzi’ project which will help 150 children in the Abuga Memorial Orphanage School.
Eric is a 2017 KCSE graduate, with admission to Minerva Schools in San Francisco, USA and option of an MCF scholarship. In his Gap Year, he has worked as a relationship officer and Corporate Cashier with Equity Bank. He is a peer mentor with AKAD Education Group - Africa, founder of "Diverting the Winds" Campaign and an ELP scholar.
Eric is an alumnus of Lenana School, a national school in Kenya where he scored an A- in his KCSE. Due to his excellent academic performance, he joined Equity Leaders Program alongside the 142 A students in 2017’s KCSE examinations. He has further studied for and completed 5 Certificate courses with YALI online in leadership, entrepreneurship, economics, resource and disaster management.
In high school, Eric was the chairman of Science club and an active researcher with the school’s chapter of IPSOS Research Club of Africa. Finally, his greatest mark was when he co-wrote a Mathematics revision book used in the school to this date. Eric has secured a turbine-less windmill he built in high school and is working on the development of a secondary school banking company.
"Diverting the Winds Campaign" is currently mentoring youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in 6 counties in Kenya, partnering with schools, churches and orphanages with its skill based curriculum. Eric is also the head mentor of Oloolaiser high school Wings to Fly Scholars. While in high school, Eric was the Lenana School Captain (2017), the first Environment captain in form 3 and hosted the National Prefects congress.
As part of AKAD Education Africa, he propagates capacity building and skill deliverance fostered along the Hersey Blanchard leadership model. Eric was aired on KBC channel for an hour on the show GoodMorning Kenya on Mentorship and youth leadership as well as being an African Leadership Academy (ALA) Finalist.
As a public speaker, in year 2015 Eric was sponsored to the week-long leadership congress in Kigali, Rwanda by the MasterCard Foundation, speaking to an audience of 4,000 Wings to fly scholars on community building. He has since spoken to several schools and attended seminars that include the EAGx conference on Effective Altruism to Alleviate Poverty, Peace Stakeholders Conference at Laico Regency and the Mentoring Future Leaders with BIDCO and Mentoring Future Engineers with Kenya power. In 2017 he attended the Kenya National Prayer Breakfast on invitation from the Senate Speaker, Hon. Ekwe Ethuro.
Eric seeks to engage in potential enhancing activities that are solutions centered in his quest for global mindedness and social impact.
Works at: Equity bank
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LinkedIn: Eric Fairweather
Pages: Diverting The Winds Campaign
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Christie Weche is a 2019 KCSE candidate at Loreto Convent Valley Road, Nairobi, Kenya where she is a Senior Prefect and Corporal of Administration of the St. John Ambulance Club. She is a Leangap 2018 alumni (San Francisco, California, USA) and Co- Founder of Acumeal startup company as well as a Peer Mentor at the AKAD Education Group – Africa.
Christie attended Leangap at the age of 15 years, an entrepreneurship summer program were she met a team of like-minded passionate high school entrepreneurs from around the world and together co-founded a startup named AcuMeal. The webapp uses revolutionary technologies to create nutritionist-backed meal plans suited to one’s nutritional needs, taste preferences, likes and dislikes. She mainly focuses on AcuMeal’s Marketing, Sales and Customer Relations.
Christie’s interest in law as a potential career led to her to intern at Chibanda Makgalemele and Co, a law firm in Gaborone, Botswana as well as Munyao Kayugira and Co. Advocates in Nairobi, Kenya. She was able to gain hands on experience on the ins and outs of being in the legal field.
Christie has been passionate about giving back to the community, beginning as a Brand Ambassador for the Inua Dada Initiative, chaired by Kenya’s First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta. This empowers the girl child and she has led in being a Production Assistant for Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) that were aired on Citizen TV. She currently is involved in a program with Mirror of Hope C.B.O whereby a team of her passionate schoolmates help to improve the English speaking and writing skills of primary level students, using interactive methods like music, dance and art to impact students.
As a 10 year old at Bellevue Primary School and passionate about the arts, she spearheaded the revival of dormant clubs, such as the Journalism Club. She led the introduction of new extra-curricular activities leading to the school’s first participation at the Kenya National Drama and Music Festivals, where they participated in the finals in Meru town. She was recognized for this and shortlisted as top 5 out of 80 candidates for a full-scholarship at the International School of Kenya (ISK).
Christie has been a peer mentor at AKAD Africa since 2015. Through this platform, she has been able to lead sessions in First Aid, Disaster Preparation and Team-Building skills with Corporate organisations that have included BIDCO Africa, Kenya Power, LEWA Wildlife Conservancy (Isiolo, Kenya) and several others.
Yuri is an alumnus of The Lenana School in which he completed his high school education in the year 2018. He is an AKAD and Achieve Solutions Associate, a volunteer under PACE maker international at Kawangware Primary School and the co-founder of the African Footprint Initiative that mainly aims at empowering the youth. He has set a mission of making the world a better place by mentoring the youth into becoming change makers and solution providers. He is greatly passionate about photography and has been able to be mentored by Richard Nyamiobo, the founder of Twinkle World Broadcasting and Media Production Company.
He is currently specializing on portrait and projector photography and he is part of the gap year program offered by AKAD Africa which has help him to form networks with Davis & Shirtliff hence he has been able to have them renovate Kawangware Primary School’s borehole as part of their corporate social responsibilities this year impacting over 2000 children representing over 1000 households in Kawangware slum. He also loves kickboxing and reading books during his leisure time.
He has been able to organize a campaign against drugs that was held on 4th, December 2016 to create awareness on the harmful effects of drug abuse. He has been able to visit he United Nations based in Nairobi after going through a three-day mentorship program at CITAM Embakasi that allowed him to learn about emotional intelligence , confidence building and negotiation skills. He has also been able to be invited for the Zuri Awards 2019 Gala Dinner and witness great women being acknowledged for their initiatives in their communities. Furthermore, he has also been privileged to be invited to witness the launching of the two thirds gender principle by the National Gender and Equality Commission on 29th March 2019.
He aspires to travel the world and put his photography skills into practice and be recognized worldwide just as Leibovitz Anime. He also wants to study medicine overseas and specialize in plastic surgery. Finally, he aspires to continue being a change maker in the society by advocating for youth empowerment in Africa through social entrepreneurship.
Collins Ireri is a singer/songwriter,actor and content creator on youtube with the youtube channel Kisharts.A 2017 KCSE graduate and an AKAD associate.
Currently he is a second year computer science student at KCA University, also learning skills such as web design, music production,script writing and directing though self-taught. Courtesy of AKAD Education Africa he volunteers to give back to his community by mentoring highschool students such as Lenana school students on his experiences in highschool and what he has learnt so far.
Collins is An alumnus of Lenana School where he participated in the music and drama clubs chairing the latter to the Kenya National Drama Festivals held in kisumu in 2017 where they won an award for the best play on child rights.
He aspires to help put the kenyan entertainment industry on the global map by enhancing the use of technology in the field.
Rev. Dr. Julius Weche
Reverend Dr. Weche is ordained by the Anglican Church of Kenya. He is Founder & CEO of Akad Education Group - Africa, a capacity building, education based, Christian Social Enterprise organisation providing mentorship and value-based leadership training to youth through academic & career success, targeting upper primary, high school and college youth. Over the years, thousands of youth have been reached through this work, in collaboration with schools, universities, churches and supported by philanthropic CSR and individual contributions. Exemplary AKAD youth leaders and programs are regularly featured in the Kenyan national media – press, radio and TV.
Several dozen youth who catch the vision and knowledge of leadership empowerment regularly proceeded to obtain admissions and scholarships to top, world class universities, such as the Ivy League Universities; Harvard, Yale and UPenn Universities. Dr. Weche has twice been invited as a speaker-panelist at Harvard Business School (HBS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA as well as HEC MBA Paris, France. His successful mentorship is seen through thematic, signature programs such as “Mentoring Future Engineers” with Kenya Power and KENGEN, “Mentoring Future Leaders” with Billionaire, Dr. Vimal Shah of Bidco Africa and several other Billion Shilling organisations.
Rev. Dr Weche has been a Business Development Consultant, trainer and MBA lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Inoorero University, Executive Director for the Jebii Kilimo Foundation, One Kenya Foundation, Head of Mentorship for Africa 2.0 – Kenya. For 15 years he was Managing Director, Leruo Services (Pty) Ltd. in Botswana, largest supplier of veterinary products to Government of Botswana with ZAR 40 million offer to establish local manufacturing. He has been Continuous Professional Development Manager, Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) and Assistant Complex Manager, Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) in Galana, Kenya. This work has entailed worldwide travels; through several African countries; South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Southern Sudan, Nigeria, Ethiopia; internationally from USA, Europe, Middle East, China up to Fiji.
Rev. Dr. Weche is currently a PhD candidate in Leadership & Management. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from DeMontfort University (UK), Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Nairobi, with graduate studies in Dispute Resolution (UMass, Boston), Negotiation (PON - Harvard Law School), Governance (NIST), Financial Management (Strayer University, USA) Mediation certificate (MMS, Boston). He is a 1st Dan Sensei in Shotokan, a disciplined sport he has taught for over 30 years.
Details of his mentorship solutions such as the annual “Gap Year” programs are available by clicking here demonstrating his deep seated passion for growing and developing young African leaders through mentorship, training and value adding collaborations. He is a public father to many youths over the last 35 years of ministry in Kenya, Africa and the world. Due to marital challenges, he is the published author of “Conflict and Deception in Relationships and Marriage”, published on Amazon.com.