E-Mentoring Program Launched: Youths Begin Three Months Journey

The Cameroon Association of Women in Media has engaged 300 mentees from 10 regions for an online training program that will spand for a period of 3 months, with over 300 mentees taking part in the virtual launch of the program which is sponsored by the U.S Embassy. 

Project Lead

Addressing the audience during the official launch of the program, the Project lead,  Tchonko Becky Bissong called on the youths to be committed and remain focused on the goals of the program.

She encouraged those selected for the E-MENTORING program to tap knowledge and skills from the Mentorship and Networking program, so that they may be able to come up with practical solutions to society's problems. 

"In times of challenges and adversity, we need leaders, people to take action collectively. We face challenges and tell ourselves that we don't have the skills, but the E-Mentoring program provides the platform. Network as much as you can and get the best out of this program" Tchonko Becky, Project Lead.

The online program focuses on the theme; "promoting professionalism through E- Mentoring and Networking", where the mentees will connect to some 150  mentors from the US Global Alumni who will help them learn skills that will help them learn skills in domains like: youth leadership, women and Gender Equality, ICTs and Entrepreneurship, Agriculture and Agribusiness and Self- Confidence,  interpersonal Relations and Public Speaking.

Mentees for their studies and career will be expected to do alot of networking and take advantage of opportunities that are highly competitive in the job market. These young persons are expey to put in alot of effort to accomplish the things they want to in life.

Experts and Youths who had success stories to share took turns to talk to mentees through the virtual session, an exercise which was very much welcomes by the young mentees that are enrolling for the E-Mentoring program.

Prof. Mbarika Victor
During Virtual Launch

Keynote speaker at the virtual launch was Professor Mbarika Victor- accomplished Global leader and President of the ICT universities who used his life story to inspire the youths. 

Victor Mbarika was a key note speaker at the virtual launch, he is an endowed Professor of ICT, founder of the International Centre for Information Technology and Development. On his part, he encouraged mentees to take advantage of networking opportunities, through his presentation this was proof of his success story.

The program is being implemented with close collaboration from the Mandela Washington Fellows alumni association known as YALI Cameroon, Leap Girl Africa and the TAYONG Centre for Leadership and Development.

Karen Kang, U.S Embassy

The Deputy Public Affairs officer- Karen KANG revealed that the American Embassy will continue to support the Empowerment of youth for employability in partnership with the government of Cameroon.

"It is our contribution to help check irregular migration  and unemployment by guaranteeing job creation of youths and wealth creation".

During the Launching of the Practical phase of the E-Mentoring program on Nov 24th 2021, mentees were provided with the opportunity to listen to success stories, which to them was a plus and a form of encouragement while they embark of the learning process.


By Ndefru Melanie

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