Mentoring

We match students from various universities in Africa with carefully vetted African professionals and allies who share their experiences, advise, guide and serve as role models for the students throughout university and often beyond.

By 2040, Africa will be home to the world’s largest labor force, but over 50% lack the critical skills required for today’s job market or to advance in life.

By joining our crop of mentors, you are making a difference by sharing your experiences, and guiding and inspiring a person to build a purpose-driven career and succeed in life.

How Our Mentoring (Mentors) Works

Our mentoring program requires about one-hour monthly or bi-monthly virtual meetings. For maximum outcome and to ensure that it takes minimal mentor time, we mandate our scholars to be at the driving seat of the mentoring program by setting goals, scheduling meetings and coming up with questions.

1 Awareness

Learn more about mentoring, the problem of youth unemployment in Africa, and mentoring at VarsityMentor. We usually achieve this by hosting Awareness seminars in companies to share our mission and generate interest.

2 Application

Complete the VarsityMentor application form. This will help us learn more about you and your interests, and may also be used in the interview and matching stages.

3 Interview

Candidates shortlisted to advance to the next stage are invited to a virtual, one hour interview. The interview helps us to vet and learn more about the candidate’s interest in mentoring.

4 Review

All application and interview materials are reviewed. Candidates selected to advance to the next stage are contacted to do a background check. We also check how well candidates’ interests align with the mission of VarsityMentor

5 Matching

At this stage, shortlisted candidates are matched with students. Matching happens in May-June, the mentoring program begins in September just as the school year commences.

6 Onboarding

VarsityMentor informs candidates of their final mentor status, and introduces them to the students they have been matched with. This includes a number of training, orientation and onboarding programs