What we do

 

1. Mentor Me

Why is it needed ? 

Currently, young people in Uganda do not all have the tools they need to flourish. In the education system, they are not encouraged to think independently; to express themselves creatively; to work as a team; and to pursue their own goals. This is especially alarming because young people make up 69% of the population in Uganda.

What we do about it .

We use mentorship through the creative arts to offer guidance and support to young people in Uganda, creating safe spaces in which young people can develop the skills and receive the support they need to flourish.

What it involves

Since 2016, we have offered mentorship through the creative arts to 700 students from 10 schools.

This project evolves in a creative and thematic way that allows our mentees to totally experience a different feel of mentorship. Our mentorship helps students to develop five characteristics: confidence; contentment; conscientiousness; creativity; and critical thinking. Together, these are the transferable skills needed to for a young person to pursue their dreams. All of our mentorship involves the creative arts – painting, drawing, poetry, drama, design or storytelling.

 

2. Art Campaign

Why is it needed ?

Many young people in Uganda become disengaged and disillusioned. The evidence for this is all around us. There is a 38.4% school dropout rate – and though there are many causes for this, one of them is that young people do not feel motivated at school. We also see young people turning to crime or substance abuse. In January 2018 alone, there were more than a thousand cases of drug-related crimes committed by 13-24 year olds in Kampala. What’s more, given that so many households in Uganda are single-parent, parents are understandably focused on making ends’ meat and do not always have time to mentor their children.

What we do about it.

Our solution is to put young people in contact with adults who can act as a role model, inspire them to pursue their own goals and dreams. 

What it involves

First, we help a young person to identify their role model. Next, we create a portrait of this role model. We then offer this portrait to the role model as first gesture in what will become a fruitful relationship between them and a young person. Since 2016, we have successfully put 35 young people in contact with their chosen role models.

 

3. Faces Up Talks

Twice a month, we invite young leaders from across Africa who pursue different careers to share their mentorship experiences of how it has helped them to get where they are. Via a Twitter discussion, young people are able to connect on social media with these young leaders to ask them questions. This project is still under piloting stage.