GUiDE Project is an innovative youth development service model working in partnership with public high and upper primary schools communities to assign them access to trained t Mentors for an entire school year. The guide mentors also work with youth groups around the partner schools and create connected and inter dependent communities of discoveries. GUiDE Project invites committed and energetic, people- called GUiDE Project mentors and sent them to work with GUiDE Project clubs in partner schools. Guide mentors are identified from those who have a passion to contribute in the social entrepreneurship and sent to partner schools for a full year’s duration. Selected teachers who have the skills and passion to help develop students and the youth through alternative approaches become patrons to the guide clubs in schools. The guide mentors are well supported and trained and make the efficient in handling the youth as trusted and competent professionals. The Guide clubs are established in the partner schools with the help of dedicated and experienced teachers who become the club patrons. The clubs identifies priority areas based on young people local needs but generally the mentors will take the young people through the various pillars of Guide Project eventually. The guide clubs are a source of deep experience in the real world— and that has an impact in ways that can hardly yet be imagined. In the trainings and development programs, young peoples are engaged in learning about Personal development, Leadership and initiatives, Global competencies, Entrepreneurial skills, Business skills, employ-ability, Career guidance, financial literacy, health and safety skills and College readiness. They are also exposed to a wide set of careers through apprenticeships, visits to various sectors and camps with guest experts.
The Guide mentors are recruited and carefully selected among the community young professionals and teachers and thoroughly supported and trained for about six months. They manage the resource centers during holidays and after school. The mentors also work closely with patron teachers and others during school days, helping them to identify unique talents as well as youth in trouble. The same Guide mentors, led by an experienced lead mentor are in charge of resource centers in affiliated schools, which are used for both GUiDE Project activities and programs. The mentors therefore are very useful in developing and encouraging young people in other aspects of life besides academics. They also work toward identifying young children who face difficulties in their education journey, and create an outreach program to help protect children’s rights. After a period of a year as Guide mentors, and an evaluation, they qualify for the level of “lead mentors,” and are put in charge of regions of resource centers.
In the GUiDE Project Clubs, young people are helped to identify and develop unique projects that can help solve community problems and possibly create income for them. Some of these problems might involve issues like Environmental conservation, Education, Economic empowerment, Human rights, and Civil Education. The basis of all the projects is sound education for the young people by the young people themselves, which will lead to enlightenment and awareness. This is very interesting and exciting, as young people develop solutions to problems facing their communities. Those projects that are deemed very sustainable and unique will be supported to the next level by connecting them to community leaders, sponsors and the market. However, the main objective is helping identify passion, creativity and commitment to becoming social entrepreneurs and GUiDE Project Mentors. The model will work for students in class seven and up to form four.