Mentor Me India, India
Aishwarya Sharma on October 30, 2018 in Education
“A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believed it can be obtained.”
Mentoring is important, not only because of the knowledge and skills students can learn from mentors, but also because mentoring provides professional socialization and personal support to facilitate success. Quality mentoring greatly enhances one’s chances for success. Regarding mentorship, Bob Proctor has rightly said, “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”
On the grounds of this, Mentor Me India, founded in 2013, managed by a Harvard-India dream team, passionately works towards expanding opportunities for children from low-income communities in India. It has grown to 11 centres across Mumbai, with a dedicated team of 8 whose efforts have helped matched over 400 Mentor-Mentee pairs by the year 2017.
Mentor Me India program is a one-to-one community-based mentorship model similar to the Big Brothers Big Sisters in the US, but carefully tailored to the Indian context. They are unique in India, they focus exclusively on mentoring younger children through a one-to-one relationship within a community setting. It is one-of-its-kind program that connects professionals from different walks of life (mentors) with children from low-income communities (mentees). Their aim is to bring the two close to each other and provide them a platform to learn from each other. The children find a mentor who inspires them, believes in them and guides them, whilst mentors find an opportunity to explore a different side of themselves. Through this long-term mentoring journey, Mentor Me India hope for both to get a new perspective on life!
This program provides extensive mentoring and support structure through intensive training and parental engagement, a month-long orientation, and quarterly group mentoring sessions.
Their corporate partners empower them through funding and other support in many ways to run mentoring programs across the city. Some of them are their “mentor partners”, i.e. they encourage employees to send in applications to mentor with them. Other are donors, or support them with in-kind support.
Godrej encourages its team members to volunteer their time through different initiatives to help form deeper and meaningful connections with the community they work in. The KRYFS team, based in Bandra, not only takes large strides in the renewable energy space, along with being a leader in the transformer core industry, it also makes impact in the social sector through a host of NGOs. For over two years (from 2014 to 2016), the KRYFS team not only shared its office space with them, entirely pro-bono, but also made them feel a part of their large-hearted family – through shared celebrations on birthdays and festivals. Larsen and Toubro’s (L&T’s) passionate and supportive Corporate Social Responsibility Team actively encourages employees to volunteer for various causes. They have been partners since 2015 and their largest pool of mentors (over 25 in all) comes from this organization. These dedicated mentors give their mentees the benefit of their time and expertise at their centres at Goregaon, Grant Road, Powai, Navi Mumbai and Thane.
Mentor Me India’s NGO partners include schools, shelter homes and orphanages where their mentees come from. They appreciate this opportunity given to them by their mentee partners to set up mentoring relationships for their children. Some of their partners such as Rosy Blue Foundation, Community Outreach Programme (CORP), AB Goregaonkar School (ABGES), Chandrabhaga Vidya Mandir (CVM), Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF), Doorstep School, and others additionally provide them with funding support needed to run this mentoring program.
We appreciate their innovative approach and hard work for the betterment of society. If you wish to know more, donate, or volunteer then visit Mentor Me India right now!