What is mentoring?

Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be

This is a holistic mentoring programme that will assist young girls in Sudan develop their professional and interpersonal skills through discussions with their mentors and being a part of monthly workshops. The mentees on this programme will cover sessions such as CV writing, leadership skills as well as critical women’s rights issues, and many more. Mentors are involved in guiding and supporting mentees to be critical thinkers, and build their confidence in order to challenge the status quo and follow a path of their choosing. Mentees should play an active role in their learning and conduct research on the sessions in the programme in order to have engaging, thought provoking discussions with their mentors.

What does the word mentor mean?

A mentor is a guide, who is a key role model and figure for the mentee, with whom they can work together to ensure they support them and direct them adequately to pursue a path based on their skills and interest in order to unlock their true potential. A mentor does not give the mentee all the answers, but assists the mentee in identifying important areas for development. An important aspect of the relationship between a mentor and a mentee is confidentiality and trust, and to ensure that both mentors and mentees understand their requirements on the programme.

Who are the mentors?

Mentees will be speaking to exceptional Sudanese women across the globe. Mentors that have taken part in this programme have been from the USA, Sudan, Qatar, Dubai, Italy, Sweden, Malaysia, the UK, and many more places. They are incredibly gifted and highly talented individuals that have the passion, dedication, and commitment to develop and empower young mentees.

What sessions will I cover?

You will cover sessions based on professional skills such as interview skills, writing job applications, and CV writing, as well as key skills such as time management, leadership, and problem solving skills. The last section of this fellowship covers sessions based on women’s rights issues such as women involved in activism, violence against women, amongst other sessions to develop your critical thinking skills.

What does a tailored session mean?

Although this mentoring programme has structured sessions for mentors and mentees to follow due to their importance in developing the mentee, this programme is tailored around the needs of the mentee. For example, if the mentee has a strong interest in photography, and the mentor has some background in this area, then they can arrange their sessions in order to incorporate this aspect into their sessions. This programme is about understanding what your mentee is most interested and passionate in order to help guide her through her path and instilling her with the confidence to follow her dreams.

What is required of a mentee?

Mentees are required to dedicate at least 3 hours per week to activities related to the fellowship such as preparing for sessions, by reading around the topic prior to each session, and preparing key questions for their mentor. Mentees are also required to complete short assignments at the end of every topic which can be a short essay/ report, a mock interview, completing a CV, preparing and giving a short presentation, and completing a short questionnaire at the end of every topic. Lastly, mentees are required to meet with the Al Sudaniya Mentoring team once a month to discuss the progress of mentees and hone their skills and knowledge.

How much time do I need to dedicate for this programme?

Mentors and mentees need to dedicate at least 3 hours per week on fellowship activities. Mentors must prepare for sessions with mentees, and go through the mentees assignments, as well as completing a questionnaire on the topics of the mentoring programme and filling in the online tracking sheet on progress of their sessions. The requirement for mentees is shown above. Mentors and mentees are required to have a one hour one to one Skype session once a week with their mentor to discuss the sessions listed on the website, whilst the other 2 hours are required for fellowship activities that have been listed above. Ensuring that mentees and mentors allocate sufficient time for both preparation and completion of sessions is important, and is essential for a successful fellowship.

What will I need to do to prepare for the sessions?

Mentees are expected to read about the sessions and prepare for them. For example if the upcoming session is on CV writing, mentees can read about how to prepare a CV, and read through some exceptional CV’s in order to effectively prepare for the sessions. Mentors should work on preparing activities and topics for discussion with their mentees in order to ensure that the mentee learns from the mentors experience and background and that the sessions fun and engaging.

How are mentors and mentees paired?

We pair mentors and mentees based on academic background, hobbies/interests, skill set, and mentee goals.

Thus we use information provided in the application and interview stage to ensure that mentors and mentees are paired appropriately.

What will you ask mentees and mentors at the interview stage?

We will ask mentees and mentors questions about their experience, and why they wish to join the programme, as well as the skills the mentee wishes to gain, and the skills the mentors can help develop. Mentees must be dedicated, and passionate about making a difference in Sudan, and in developing themselves so that they are strong, pioneering leaders of the future. Mentors must be dedicated to making a positive impact to mentees and raising their aspirations for the future.

How reliable is Skype to communicate with a mentee?

Although the network connection in Sudan can be unpredictable, this can be overcome by ensuring mentees and mentors work together to identify other means of communication such as the use of other applications, as well as changing around the days/times for the Skype connection.

What happens to mentees after they complete the fellowship?

You will receive a certificate of your achievements, and have a closing ceremony where you will be honoured. You will become an automatic member of the Al Sudaniya Mentoring Network, and join an inspirational group of hardworking, passionate, dynamic individuals. You can keep in touch with your mentor and ask for advice/ guidance although there no formal sessions will take place.

I am slightly above/below the age range can I still apply?

At this moment you cannot, however please sign up to our mailing list by providing us with your email address, and follow our activities on Facebook and Twitter so that we can update you on opportunities to get involved with Al Sudaniya Mentoring.

My English is quite weak, can I still apply to be a mentee/mentor?

At the moment all the materials on this programme are in English and mentees need a basic level of English in order to gain the most benefit from the programme. In the future we do hope to recruit mentors with a strong command of both Arabic and English in order to conduct sessions with mentees who are not fluent in English. Al Sudaniya Mentoring is an organisation that is constantly growing, and we will mentor many more girls with various language capabilities in the future!

I am male, can I apply to be a mentor?

No you cannot, this programme has been designed as a women to women programme. Sudanese women mentor Sudanese girls in Sudan through one to one mentoring, which we see as something powerful, as Sudanese women can stand together in solidarity and help one another to challenge societal norms and expectations. Males can get involved in other ways, so please keep an eye out for opportunities that will be advertised on our Facebook, Twitter, website, and also our monthly newsletter, so please sign up to our mailing list.

I am a Sudanese girl that meets the age range, but I do not live in Sudan, can I still apply?

This programme has been specifically designed for girls living in Sudan to develop their skills and abilities, as the challenges they face are specific to living in Sudan. Please do sign up to our mailing list to find out other ways you can get involved.

When is the start and end date of this programme?

This is a 6 month programme that runs between March- September

When is the deadline for applications?

The deadline is the 20th of November

How do I apply?

You can apply by going to the website – www.alsudaniyamentoring.org and completing an application form that can be submitted through the website, or by downloading the form and sending it to info@alsudaniyamentoring.org