Young mentors program Updated On 2018-02-15
The major characteristic that marks the life of middle and late adolescents is the influence of friends or peers. It is regarded as a major adolescent trait to be taken into consideration while planning for development programs that cater to youth. In major transformative educational/ skill development programs all over the world, peer education programmes have taken advantage of this trait in a positive manner. Keeping that concept in mind, Kudumbashree has developed Young Mentors program for Balasabha members. Selected youth from each district are trained to impart knowledge and skills to their peers in an easily acceptable mode and context. The young mentors were identified from the high school and higher secondary level students of balasabhas. These groups are acting as mentor group for the younger ones. They can organize and implement classes, workshops, training as per the need of the area. The first phase of Young Mentor’s (Youth Resource Person) training programme for selected Balasabha members was conducted in the months of December 2016 and January 2017. The second phase of the Young Mentors programme was conducted in the months of October, November, December 2017 and January 2018. The second phase focused on five themes namely, leader ship skills, understanding Equality from Gender perspective, power, empathy and development of organisational capacity building. So far, 480 members were trained through these.