Elite Mentoring Program (EMP) is a Christian centered NGO that seeks to offer diverse opportunities to the vulnerable and less privileged African youth; however, our focus is currently on the Ghanaian Youth. Ghana’s youth between the ages of 15-24, which is our prime target group, constitute nearly 19 percent of the nation’s population. (i.e. 5,861,716.41 of 30,854,795) based on the Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data. The challenge is how many of these 5,861,716.41 youth are under the tutelage of the right Mentors that can make them realize God’s divine purpose for their lives? EMP aims at mentoring these young ones into developing a positive mindset, identify and grow in their skill set and talents. It is often said that the youth are the future leaders of every nation but a nation that does not invest in its youth has no future.
The mere presence of brawny youth doesn’t guarantee a prosperous future for a nation; it is only when the nation invests in its youth with the requisite mentoring skills and support that the youth can contribute to the socioeconomic development of the nation in the foreseeable future.
Research has shown that, young people who are at risk for not completing high school, but who have mentors are far more likely to go on to college or the University, participate in positive activities and volunteer in community development projects. The resulting mentoring effect ensures that our next generation is well-prepared to lead in the diverse global economy. We believe that working to connect the youth to meaningful relationships with mentors is a compelling national need. In spite of Ghana’s considerable resources, too many of our youth are stuck by poverty and community violence, too many of our students struggle to complete their education, and too many young adults have trouble finding a career foothold in our current economy. Clearly, more must be done to nurture the youth through their challenges, to ensure their personal and educational development, and support their efforts to join and contribute adequately to the Ghanaian workforce. We have also recognized the hard work of some mentoring organizations in helping young people achieve positive outcomes through mentoring. EMP will leverage on the innovations, trends and best practices of some of these organizations to become the leading youth mentoring organization in the country. In 2019, Rev. Dr. Edgar Collingwood-Williams having had a personal encounter with some destitute youth on the street of Accra, thought to himself that no single mentoring organization could help solve the numerous challenges that these youth go through each passing day; hence the idea of birthing of EMP. Using the tools and models of Kingdom principles as our guide; EMP will employ structures such as apprenticeships, internships and formal guilds to reach out to youth and help them find fulfilling, meaningful vocations. By steadfastly guiding and educating them to find and develop rewarding opportunities. The ELITE Mentoring Program will also provide a systematic process for its members to carry out its mission of providing a lifelong integrated learning and developmental opportunities.Ultimately, we hope to win souls for Christ and advance the course of the Kingdom.
FEAR OF GOD
- The major function of the Elite Mentoring Program is to promote the protégé’s (or,
mentee’s) development in specific areas and to facilitate successful integration of
the program’s core ideals and objectives, leading them to be successful and impactful members of society.
- It will also serve as a key succession-planning tool aimed at ensuring the program
has the right kind and number of diverse leaders to achieve mission successes.
Specific goals, guidance, roles, responsibilities, and criteria will be identified for
implementing the program.
- Overall, The Elite Mentoring Program seeks to mentor its participant under one
umbrella to champion the common vision, goals and objective with one mind
empowering the vision.
- Renews enthusiasm for the role of expert
- Enhances skills in coaching, counseling, listening, and modeling
- Develop and practice a more personal style of leadership
- Demonstrates expertise and knowledge as well as the ability to communicate it
- Increases generational awareness
- Expand professional networks
- Transfer of skills and knowledge
- Personal satisfaction from making a contribution to the society
- Gains sharper focus on what is needed to grow professionally
- Further development as a professional in a higher level position
- Gains capacity to translate values and strategies into productive actions
- Complements ongoing formal study and/or training and development activities
- Gains career development opportunities
- Gets assistance with ideas and honest feedback
- Demonstrates strengths and explores potential
- Increases career networks and receives greater exposure
- Improves ability to express expectations, goals, and concerns
- Receives knowledge of organizational culture
- Improved mindset and self-esteem