In our 9th year we continue our mentoring project on-line but it has not lost its momentum.
We now have 422 mentor and mentii pairs from 34 different CYDD branches (17 in Istanbul and 17 in different towns) and 20 mentors who volunteered from abroad.
We have started the year with 8 mentor trainings each lasting 3 hours and 6 menti trainings each for 2 hours; all given on line by volunteer trainers.
The mentor and mentis have already met twice on line following their regular program.
Various seminars and educational trainings for mentiis that were done in small groups for each branch in the past will now be done on-line for all mentiis from all branches and we hope for favorable interactions and feedbacks.
As we go on-line we invest more on technology and look forward to your support..
Since our latest report not much has changed as far as Covid-19 restrictions on all educational institutions are concerned and there is no specific timeline to return to normal face-to-face education.
This also applies to our mentor and mentii meetings which will probably be held on line at least for the first school term. As most university students have returned to their hometowns in March continuing their distant education, regular mentor and meeting were also done online since then.In some cases,to connect with their mentors from their small viilages with poor wi-fi connections was a challenge for some students, but it helped them to dream and plan about their future.
In the meantime we started using the "mentornity" platform to facilitate our digital mentoring. One of our goals in our 9th year is to organize trainings for the participating CYDD branches on how to use this platform efficiently.
Our 8th year program was finalized officially on June 30th . We came near to our goal of having 70% girl mentiis every year. Our 8th year project participants were 257 female students (122 from Istanbul region) and 126 male students (57 from Istanbul).
We have also successfully finished our pilot program for mentors from abroad with 8 pairings. Mentor trainings were done on-line for 2-3 hours with our trainer before the digital meetings began.
The mentor and mentii applications for our 9th year will be over by the time this report reaches you and mentor and mentii matchings will be ready by our next report.
We hope you are healthy and coping well with the new world shaped with Covit-19...
As it is in many countries, schools and universities were closed in Turkey under the corona virus quarantine regulations starting from mid March. Universities started on-line education and many students went back to their hometowns and continue their education from home.
We too made the following adjustments to our mentoring program:
- mentors began to make their monthly meetings with their mentii on-line.
- 8 different on-line meetings were scheduled with mentors to evalaute the development of their mentii; the Istanbul group mentors met on line on 4-5-6-7 April and mentors of the other participating branches in different towns met on-line on 11-12-15 April.
- 25 on-line trainings to prepare the students for their future careers, such as interview techniques, CV preparation, effective presentation techniques, time management were scheduled for our mentii students.
- During the month of May, we will be planning our next year communications and hope to go back to one-to-one meetings once the quarantine restrictions are over.
We hope to continue our project with increasing number of menti students and mentors next school term and depend on your support as always,
We are pleased to report that project goal for our 8th year is reached and surpassed.This year 386 university students and mentors from 32 CYDD branches have started their meetings. Apart from 18 Istanbul branches, project is now in 14 other towns in the Marmara, Ege regions, in southern towns of Adana and Çukurova and in 2 branches in Ankara.
Our team of 34 volunteer trainers have given 31 mentor and mentii trainings and mentor-mentii introductory meetings were already held in the branches.
We have also given e-mentoring trainings on-line and now have 8 e-mentoring pairs making it possible for volunteers living abroad to mentor students on-line. We aim to increase our e-mentoring pairs in the coming years.
One important achievement of this year is taking part on "www.mentornity.com" web mentoring platform which will enable all the branch coordinators and headquarters coordinator to monitor all 386 pairings on line. Every mentor and mentii pair is being encouraged to write their meeting reports on-line to be viewed by project coordinators. Next step will be to make on-line applications that will enable automatic pairings and a technical infrastructure is being prepared for this purpose.
We are starting our 8th year with 32 CYDD branches and 350 mentor and menti pairings.Mentor and mentii trainings are being held in 18 Istanbul and 14 other branches all through October on the weekends and pairings will be done in November.
The mentor and mentii pairings were so far done manually but as the project develops and numbers increase every year, this becomes increasingly difficult. This year a web platform is being designed and is going to be used to coordinate all mentor-mentii meetings and all announcements will be made through this platform. All branches will have access to this platform and they will be briefed on how to make maximum use of it.
We also aim to make the mentor- mentii pairings with a software program designed for the project through the same web platform. We believe the platform will be very useful in all stages of the program throughout the year.
Below are some photos from this year's mentii training weekend.
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