Godfrey Mititi's: Mentorship programme

Godfrey Mititi's: Mentorship programme: Mentoring young People Take up good careers

Nakuru, KenyaKisii, Kenya
Year Founded:
2006
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

In Kenya currently poverty levels are pecked at 60% of the total population who live below $2.5 (Ksh. 250) a day. To tackle poverty the government is trying its own way and in its efforts it has achieved little to deal with school drop outs. Those in school, they need shortcuts to everything.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if you inspired two hopeless young poor people and soon you change their attitude towards some career ladders, then they are happy, their parents are glad, the society is happy and the country is proud?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

There are different levels of education in Kenya, students keep dropping out in different levels either due to lack of fees, apathy to education system, desire for quick fixes or pressure from the society ( Parents, friends or relatives ) to take up easy careers; the result is bringing up people who are hopeless, poor, irresponsible and carefree. This is where poverty is and will never end unless there is an attitude change.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Having duly examined the young people requirements; my goal is to honestly and frankly share some insights that will act as a mirror of secrets of gradual success, even when the future earlier on or along the way seems bleak. In achieving this, I usually inform, share, demonstrate, support, encourage and Train my subjects/mentee. My unique ability to express issues vividly in both oral and written medium and my successful track record in mentoring and facilitating young people all over the country when the opportunity presented itself earlier makes me an enviable partner in this programme. I usually look forward to forming a mutually rewarding relationship with clients.

Awards

President's Award, Great Idea Award, National Youth Service Award, Best MC (Master of Ceremony), facilitator career faire (MOYA), Volunteer to Youth Employment Summit
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

When invited or an opportunity presents itself, I usually lecture the mentees, explain the levels of poverty within society, give major causes avoidable and unavoidable then systematically demonstrate by use of relevant examples how being disciplined & hardwork in subjects like sciences and mathematics has benefited many, how embracing good technology has improved yields in all sectors of the economy, I then lay bare my resume which is full of struggles but which ultimately is rewarding, then with availability of the projector and the screen make some powerpoint presentation. After this is done, evaluation is what follows and continuous consultation is encouraged.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Not once not twice but severally, Ive addressed students who appear not to have decided on what they really want. Some of them have even decided to take quick fix or short cuts to success, but after my mentor-ship address, I see a change. A very poor kid born in a remote area of Keminini with no clear directions, the shy boy listened to my encouraging words during my visit to their local school. Immediately I left, he asked for my contacts, and kept asking me for tips of success. He is determined to tackle poverty after graduation. Every time the going gets tough or puzzles become complex, he calls me. I may not offer him answers but will share with him my views and then after he works his way out. Vincent is an example of the hundreds of young people Ive changed and look forward to impact, he is soon completing his Electrical Engineering faculty in Kimathi University.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

I am currently setting my own foundation. The young people are the future. My desire is construct a digital village where I can engage young people all over the world online or they can visit to expose themselves with ICT and network with global youth. I have the Land but lacking resources for constructing the Centre. Once this is possible, I will hire staff and experts to run the centre. Students from schools and colleges will be coming in for exposure opportunities. I am putting up a database and sending proposals for my mentorship services so as to reach as young people as possible.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

When I was a student I was sponsored by my Institution-NYS Engineering Institute, but when I graduated I continued mentoring young people using my own savings, my family or my clients appreciate with a token. moving forward I plan to negotiate with my able clients to meet part of the cost since I want to procure more equipment for the program. I will also look forward for support from former mentees when they will be financially stable.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The government and the church are the major players here, but getting technocrats to share the inside story is rare to both of them. its even harder for the government to cover the local population only reaching the major schools/colleges. The rat race for work for pay has also hindered the church from bringing up right mentors. Institutions take students for trips to meet mentors but this is equally expensive for some young people. Mine is to visit all no matter where they are, and inspire them. I also have the advantage of having worked both in government, self and private.
Team

Founding Story

In 2006, I with my friends designed an engineering project titled GSM switch in class, which received recognition from the Ministry of youth affairs. We were invited to share our expertise to the Head of state then President Kibaki, then after we were told to exhibit this idea to students all over the country. We moved from one province to the other, I was encouraged by the way students changed their attitude to engineering and thus Physics. During holidays and vacations Ill freely share this message to local young people. After I discharged, I got job with Netsol Kenya as Transmission & implementation Engineer, but still kept mentoring young people up to now, it's been a success story.

Team

I am the major player in the initiative, especially after we parted with my other four colleagues due to distance. But Ive made it a habit to involve the host team to handle venue preparations and provide refreshments if possible. At times I involve former mentees in making the day successful. I however intend to make a good organizational plan which shall involve an event planner, marketer, an accountant and a legal advisor to move the initiative to another level.
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Via Twitter

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Am the founder and am referred as A Career mentor

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

In 2005, as a first year Engineering student I initiated An Engineering press in a Paramilitary institution, something that is rare and strange. There was resistance at first, but after I convinced the head of the institution, one Chief Commandant CT Muchiri, that it will not be politics but my major mission was to address among others, environmental conservation, physical fitness, gender equality, career prospects and discipline, he gave it a node and offered to finance its activities. Am proud to have left the institution a happy man. Very successful it was as membership grew from me alone to 35 in three years with an equipped office and printing press and still I excelled in my engineering studies. I received at least 3 certificates for this efforts. I recently graduated with a diploma in project management from Kenya Institute of management which is driving me to manage this project

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

My partners are the parents, the teachers and guardians/caregivers who keeps requesting for my services. My advisors are my Former colleagues who we worked together in NYS under MOYA, my Current colleagues at work, my social network colleagues and I research a lot. My mentors are, Belinda Gates (for her Philanthropy), Mark Zuckerberg (young entrepreneur) and locally Dan Ndambuki aka Churchill ( for giving others a chance to grow careers).

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