Every year the Student Sponsorship Programme (SSP) recruits committed individuals to serve as Mentors to our Scholars. Since our Mentorship programme is one of the support programmes that SSP offers to its Scholars, we are looking for people who have an interest and desire to help develop our Scholars to become future leaders of South Africa.
An SSP Mentor is someone who: -
- is an advisor, friend, confidant, advocate, and role-model to a Scholar that is in Grade 8- 12.
- encourages the Scholar to work hard, stay focused, and that if you do so, life has limitless possibilities.
- always encourages the Scholar to be academically excellent.
- offers advice on career and life decisions, especially in the latter years of high school.
Most of our Scholars’ parents are often not in a position to advise their children on university decisions or career paths. Our Mentors are typically professionals who can fill this gap for the Scholars.
SSP matches Mentors with Scholars taking into consideration – the location of both parties, interests and hobbies and gender preferences, and SSP also facilitates the first meeting. Many SSP Mentors are busy professionals with families, thus a commitment is intended to be manageable over the long term. Each Mentor is required to see his or her Scholar four times per year, at a minimum, and to be in contact via email or telephone once a month. Many Mentors actually see their Scholars more frequently. We encourage Mentors to establish a frequency that they will be able to maintain over the long term. We also require that Mentors send us a written paragraph twice a year describing any interesting aspects of his / her mentee and their interaction over the previous six months. SSP sends Mentors the Scholar’s academic reports after each term; and we strongly encourage Mentors to phone Scholars to discuss successes and challenges.
There are hundreds of ways to successfully interact with a Scholar and to be an effective Mentor. There is no requirement or profile to be a good one. Our Mentors come from every sector of society and have diverse hobbies, interests and skills. SSP will give each Mentor a training manual, and host workshops to assist you in overcoming any difficulties that you may have and give you the confidence to succeed in your role.
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· Certified ID Copy
· Police clearance certificate from the nearest police station or any company that does vetting.