Going back to our High Schools

Social Innovation Mentoring program prioritizes investing on young high school women students with the knowledge, trainings and experiences the Mentors have had so far. The goal is to reach 800 female students through the 26 Social Innovation Mentors.

How does this work?

The mentors will go back to their former high schools to form a brand new Girl’s Clubs or strengthen the existing ones. Each mentor will have a mentee who will lead a Girl Club at her school to pass down what she has gained through the program. Mentors will spend at least an hour per week with their mentees to enhance their leadership skills through mentoring while they are developing friendship through different topics.

Result: Reaching 800 girls—generate a group of young girls who can lead others with effective leadership skills and design ideas to solve social problems to benefit the social sector.

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Appreciation Event!

The Social Innovation Mentoring program (SIM) aimed to reach 800 high school students in the year of 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. But our Mentors managed to reach out to so much more women in different age groups in the past 7 months due to their own personal motivation for participating in the program set up by the Center for Creative Leadership ( www.ccl.org ). The SIM girls have been volunteering in several Peace Corps Summer Camps and traveled to 5 different regions within Ethiopia to be big sisters, translators, activity facilitators and mentors for high school students – who never been to the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Abeba.

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The same SIM Mentors got the privilege to volunteer for Ethiopian Senior Citizens, a local NGO in Addis Ababa (http://www.ethiopianseniorcitizens.org/), where they designed a new specially need-based public shower and restrooms for elders, age 60 and above. It will be a sustainable income generator for elder women in the sub-city of Lideta, Addis Abeba, who do not have the fund to pay for a professional one as soon as it’s build. Through this design they were able to step up for the elders in their society and provide a solution for those elders who are poor and disabled. To have a place to get affordable public service to clean themselves is not common in Ethiopia.
To cherish their personal success as well as sharing their stories with the public we organized an SIM Appreciation Event, which was held at iceAddis, on EiABC campus of the Addis Ababa University on September 29th 2012. The investment that has been made through CCL itself, the Leading Beyond Boundaries Initiative (www.leadbeyond.org ) and the Marrow Fund towards the Social Innovation Mentors got praised as well for all the difference it caused for the 26 participating girls studying on that campus. Beyond that we wanted to show family members and friends what we’ve been done in the past months and thank everybody – especially our weekly guest speakers – who contributed time, experience, connections and ideas to our program. We have had a wonderful time with our invitees on that sunny Saturday in Addis and we hope to continue our work with our family & friends, guests & contacts from local and international NGOs as well as from various other organizations who have been supporting our Mentors.  Continue reading