The mentorship program under The Generation Green Campaign is an exercise in leadership development and relationship building. The program will provide a platform to connect the present-day heroes of Nepal to the future ones, attempting in the bargain to have a positive influence on the younger generation. The mentors represent the models of a Nepalese society who pursued their occupational discipline with dedication and perseverance and brought considerable successes to themselves and the institutions they were associated with. They are our true national heroes, rarely recognized locally for their heroics. Learnings of their experience and reflection of life is beyond any book can teach.
Over a six-month period, the program will take the mentor and mentee through a series of interactions and activities aimed at providing mutual benefit to both the parties. The program will allow mentors to expand their horizon of influence while inculcating topical as well as leadership skills in mentees. For mentees, the program exposes them to relationships that encourage increased motivation and a stronger appreciation of their academic as well as their pragmatic lives.
The mentorship program is divided into three phases.
Phase I: One month
The first month of the mentorship program brings all the mentees together in an orientation program. This will also involve the participants to pitch their respective ideas as an individual and as a team corresponding to respective mentor-mentee group on environment and conservation related issues. By fair means of a voting system and judging panel, top five ideas will be selected as the pillar projects of the program and the other concepts will progress towards being integrated to the leading projects. Likewise, all mentor/mentee will eventually work in five teams as per the relevance and decisions derived from each team.
Phase II: Four months
The second phase will be more hands-on activities with specific distribution of tasks amongst mentees i.e. team members. Usually, the leader of the project (optional for monthly rotational basis) and the treasurer are mainly required to do the reporting task. Mentees may seek for mentor’s constant support and feedback on various occasions during the project. Ideally mentors provide suggestions, network connections and theme exposure as appropriate. Mentors also has the flexibility to introduce the mentees to his/her domain of work which could include office or program/project visits.
Phase III: One month
The final phase of the program will be a closure event of all five projects. This will be a team effort of all the mentees to showcase their project impact, influence and a half-year journey.
The Mentee Selection Process
Careful selection of the mentees is extremely important to ensure there is a correct match between mentor and mentee as well as expectations for each party. The implementing partner of TGG campaign together with the associate school/college/club will be primarily responsible for identifying the potential mentees and making recommendations based on standard selection criteria. Both male and female participants will be provided equal opportunity to be a part of the program.
|Role of a Mentor||Role of a Mentee|
|Counselor: Share knowledge, experiences and ideas||Clarity: Have a clear understanding of what you want to be mentored|
|Motivator: Provide mentee with encouragement and support||Learner: Having a strong desire to learn new skills and abilities|
|Coach: Listen and provide feedback to the mentee||Decision: Desire to take charge|
|Advisor: Help mentee develop professional interests and establish realistic goals||Initiator: Having the willingness to explore opportunities and take initiative|
|Role Model: Live by example regarding values, ethics and professional practices.||Goal Setter: Willingness to set realistic goals|
|Responsibilities of Mentor||Responsibilities of Mentee|
Successful indication of the both the Mentor and Mentee Partnership
– Have a clear understanding of why you want to be mentored
– Clearly communicate the expectations
– Create goals with milestones and deliverables
– Listen and contribute to the conversation
– Understand that your mentor will not have all the answers
– Accept constructive feedback
– Provide your mentor with updates after the mentoring is completed
– Provide an evaluation of the experience