- Mentorship in TV Media for Career Success
- Tour of KTN TV
- Tour of Standard Newspaper
- Tour of Standard Digital Media
- Tour of Radio Maisha
- Confidence Building
- Media Writing Access to Hashtag
- Media Career Success Talk
Those registering as AKAD mentees, need to confirm that they have the following;
- Peer mentees
- Younger youth the person is mentoring.
All this is documented to include vision, mission and goals, with documented Monitoring & Evaluation through essays followed up by respective mentors.
Map Location - Standard Media Group, Nairobi, Kenya
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Eric Fairweather MENTORSHIP DAY ESSAY - June 2017.pdf
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Standard Media Group - Internship Programs
The Standard Group is the home of talent, and it is their business to nurture talent and instill the necessary skills .This is done through the SMG internship programs across all business units. Opportunities for internship programs are advertised, interviews carried out and successful candidates given a chance to cultivate their skill and knowledge
AKAD Youth & Mentors in Media
Standard Media Group - Graduate Trainee Programs - Scribes Inc. Program
This is a one year journalism training program that started in 2014. Selection of candidates is based on the candidate's natural journalism passion, demonstrated and consistent interest in journalism, an above average general IQ score and journalism competence.
Candidates are taken through all media platforms training namely; storytelling and news writing, feature writing, media law, ethics and court reporting, design and layout, online journalism and broadcast media. Once done with this program, they are multiskilled journalists who will be able to write on all platforms.
For an insight into our mentorship value addition, kindly refer to the select documents below
An entrepreneur and Managing Director of Public Image, Derek works with organizations and professionals on improving the necessary soft skills, people branding, communication skills, and image which are crucial ingredients for success today. He calls these strategic communications tools – he works on equipping people with the strategic communications tools to enable them to carry out their duties with an air of confidence, sophistication and above all – professionalism that will mark them out as the best in the business. He believes your professional image should reflect your position, the organization’s mission, and how you interact with others can influence perceptions of your skills, talents, performance, and career advancements. Derek has helped his many clients develop soft skills and an image and brand that truly represents who they are and how they want to be seen.
The organizations he has worked with range from banking, telecoms, hospitality, media, non -profit, manufacturing, and has trained senior executives, managers, professionals, athletes, public figures, politicians and students. Derek is a well known contributor in the media giving advice on communication skills, branding and image and is a regular writer in several magazines and newspapers He is currently finishing writing his first book on Civility and Etiquette in Kenya.
Derek has a political science degree from Connecticut in the U.S and studied for an MBA at the Helsinki School of Economics. He is a graduate of the Strathmore University Enterprise Development Centre and is certified in Image and Etiquette from the prestigious Colourworks International in South Africa.
Derek has over 12 years working in the corporate world in finance and communications. He worked in New York for the financial services firm Bloomberg in business development. He also worked for the Edhec Risk Institute in France a leading asset management research centre where he did analysis and research on asset, risk and portfolio management. He was also a senior consultant for the UK based strategic communications consultancy africapractice and set up their office in Nairobi.
Derek is also a keynote speaker at conferences, launches and sales meetings. He is known for his ability to connect with and capture an audience and has also emceed and moderated many events both local and international. Derek is involved as an ambassador with the Pan African Advocacy group Africa 2.0 and is also a fitness and nutrition trainer. We are privileged as AKAD to have worked with Derek from the very beginning of our academics and career success seminars in year 2010.
Eric Kimonyi is a young enthusiastic leader and a passionate peer-mentor. He is the founder of Students Beyond Classrooms Initiative; whose main objective is to foster soft and professional skills among college students through peer-to peer training. He is also the First Vice-President of the Association of Business Students at the Technical University of Kenya; a class group leader and an active member of the Finance Students’ Association.
Being a peer mentor, Eric has added value to 84 000 students from 84 schools in the country; training them on matters of academic excellence, educational success, personal branding and leadership. He has also been featured on national Tv and Radio stations (KBC, KTN and KCB English Service) talking about the quality of education in the country, leadership and mentorship respectively. This has further helped him to reach out to thousands of young people across East Africa and beyond.
Eric is an associate of AKAD Education Group-Africa, in collaboration with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) on the value of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
Eric is currently a fourth-year student at The Technical University of Kenya where he is studying a Bachelor degree in Commerce, (Finance major). He is an alumnus of Lenana School-a top national school in the country. He was the best pupil his primary school and the third best pupil in his district ( Mukaa) in 2008 when he did his KCPE, scoring a total of 408 marks out of the possible 500. During his high school, Eric demonstrated a great passion for leadership and education and was entrusted with several leadership positions in his third and fourth year; House Captain, Ushers’ chairperson, Peer-educators’ representative and the French Clubs’ vice chairperson hence promoting the moral and the spiritual life of the Lenana School Community.
Eric believes not only in adding positive value to himself but also in being of value to others.
Christie Weche is a high school student at Loreto Convent Musongari, where she is passionate about First Aid and Soccer. She was previously at Bellevue School, where she scored 394 marks in KCSE; four A’s and one B grade. She is interested in Medicine, Psychology and Fashion design, and has been mentored by Professor Mugendi M’Rithaa, Professor and Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in South Africa and President-Elect for the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid).
Christie has always been one to think creatively and look for solutions to improve her community. When she joined Bellevue School in Std. 4, she introduced creative arts: Music leading to the school’s participation at the Kenya National Musical Festival at regional and national level. This led to many other activities which gave way to discovery of undiscovered talent among students, for which she has featured on KBC TV.
Through the AKAD Education Group platform, she has shared this story to inspire hundreds of students at schools. Schools include Alliance Girls High School, Limuru Girls and The Kenya High School (https://youtu.be/IQXIiyJ53l0 ) where she has shared the stage with Professor Ambassador Michael Koech, Professor Elizabeth Maleche-Obimbo, and Dr. Wanyanga among others. Seminar events have included Kenya Power (“Mentoring Future Engineers” - https://youtu.be/acyCYUEtsvc) and Bidco Africa (“Mentoring Future Leaders” - https://youtu.be/QInxJoj_wrU) sharing the stage with Dr. Vimal Shah, CEO Bidco Africa. She is consistently motivatied by successful AKAD mentees that are regularly admitted to top, world class academic institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, UPenn universities to aim for success as there is no limit.
Christie has been a Brand Ambassador and coordinator with the Inua Dada campaign of TV Anchor-Journalist, Janet Mbugua. Here she has mobilized classmates and friends: Brenda Wanjiru(13), Fatma Mohammed (13), Ashley Kigen (18) who have spoken on national television about the problems facing the girl child. She managed the auditioning, recording, transportation and production which led to the screening of the Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) on Citizen TV. These are available on YouTube at
- Brenda Wanjiru with Professor Jacob Kaimenyi, former Cabinet
Secretary, Education: http://youtu.be/KG_FhBCpakM
- Ashley Kigen with TV anchor Lulu Hassan: http://youtu.be/M2kggvetcAg
- Fatuma Muhammed with Adele Onyango: http://youtu.be/hB9xwj5QAFI
Christie has a passion for writing and has received several awards by her former school in the writing competitions organized by the English Depaetment. This includes competition essays by the Girrafe Centre. Although she did not win, the experience and practice helped sharpen her skills in essay writing, time management and critical thinking. Her passion for the community has led to her participation with enviromental organization Mazingira Safi Initiative through which she has cleaned streets with assistance from the Nairobi City Council. Christie looks forward to working with the Out of the Streets organization by mobilizing herself and others to donate books which will go to building a library for rehabilitated street kids.
Christie is responsible for Customer Service, Procurement and Quality Control at AKAD. In the August 2017 holidays she will be exploring Africa by traveling through Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana - adding to other international travel experiences.