Leadminds Mentorship Program

With the right relationships, young people can face anything.

Mentoring is a powerful approach through which young people can be encouraged and equipped toward personal transformation. At the core of our programming is the goal to "engage, equip and connect young people to embody leadership values and contribute to change in their respective communities as an outgrowth of their personal transformation."

We are working to implement a mentorship program in over 10 partner high schools across Uganda.

Developmental Relationships

Mentorship at LeadMinds Africa is built upon our strong belief in the power of developmental relationships.

Over the years, we have observed that young people, especially in Africa, who are born and grow up amidst poverty/enormous challenges, gain long-term success in life when they have what is called "developmental relationships" with people they look up-to as mentors in their lives.

LeadMinds Africa understands that alone, young people can easily be picked off or choose a wrong path as a result of lack of answers to questions in their minds about career, right skills they need to gain, how to search for a job, build their ideas from the ground up, and follow their passions.

Mentorship at LeadMinds

Personal Growth Through Community

LeadMinds Africa's goal is to build a community/ network of young people who value helping each other experience personal transformation by staying connected in long-term relationships, where they share knowledge, insights, skills and wisdom. Through mentorship and community, we strongly believe that our students can become the grandest versions of themselves and grow into the great fathers, mothers, and leaders God intended them to be.

All of this begins with a one-on-one relationship with the mentor, but it soon spills over into the community where we all live and work.

Mentoring in the LeadMinds Africa context should be thought about as a two-way "exchange", rather than a "one-way" impartation. It is not just about an older LeadMinds leadership coach and or someone considered to be a mentor teaching a younger one; it is also very much about two LeadMinds employees, trainers or mentors at different stages in life, in their career, or in their family experiences, exchanging something that helps the other transform. For example: the younger may learn from the elder’s experience, wisdom, knowledge and perspective, being challenged when necessary, and the elder may receive a fresh influx of life, joy and optimism, uncovering new vitality and ideas. Mentors and mentees must come into the relationship willing and eager to learn, grow and be transformed together.

Mentorship Goals

Mentoring in LeadMinds community is not content driven, it's relationship driven. It's not driven by objectives or agendas, rather it focuses on the students and the relationships we foster. It's not a guided self-help program, and it's not a one-way street; it's so much more.

Mentoring in the LeadMinds community should be:

  • Transformational (not just informational or educational)
  • Intentional — we should encourage and facilitate mentoring relationships (not just hope they occur).
  • Relational — it is about friendship (without agenda)
  • Consistent with the LeadMinds mission and long-term—mentors and mentees must be committed to the relationship and committed to it being a true LeadMinds friendship—one characterized by transparency and authenticity in an environment of trust and acceptance where permission to "speak truth" is implicit.
  • Be a STAR!

    Shepherd – Be an example, model, listen, counsel and advise

    Train – Instruct and problem solve

    Activate – Identify gifts, talents and calling, equip, encourage, deploy, and oversee

    Restore / Release – Heal, befriend, disciple, transform, a holistic, fully integrated approach to life and faith

  • Purpose-driven—a mentee should be guided, empowered and encouraged by the "beyond-self" knowledge/insights from his mentor. We encourage our mentors not to use the mentoring relationship/presence as a self-serving opportunity or a time to promote themselves but rather as an opportunity to inspire and direct the mentee towards something bigger than themselves-the bigger picture of their lives!
  • Part of living in community
  • A two-way street where both the mentor and mentee learn from each other