The Staircase to Success Mentorship Program is a flagship program developed by Professional Mentors of Africa (Pro Mentors) in collaboration with Legacy Leadership Africa (LLA). Started in 2018, the program has impacted over 10,000 young people especially primary and secondary school students. The program, mostly conducted during the school holydays, has a single most focus of imparting young people with valuable life skills which books and classroom engagement do not offer. Recognizing that there are confluence of factors that determine the destiny of young people, the program uses a unique approach to delivery and pedagogy which involves extracting from the participants through a deep-dive conversation on contemporary issues.

Prior to COVID-19 pandemic, Pro Mentors and LLA implemented the program in various learning and religious institutions. But when COVID-19 emerged, the momentum created during the initial phases was slow-punctured. The pandemic threatened to backpedal and reverse the gains achieved toward raising a generation of premium leaders.

Fortunately, the pandemic has slowed down and life seems to be back to normal —though reminded that we are not out of the woods just yet. Thankfully, we can now meet students and implement this ambitious/impactful program.

From 21st -25th March 2022, my organization-LLA, together with Pro Mentors Africa, pitched tents at St. Peters Ruai Parish. With the invitation from the Parish to mentor their young people on various life aspects, our training began in earnest, fundamentally discussing issues related to the current pandemic. This was done purposefully to make the training contextual and highlight some of the fundamental lessons derived from the COVID-19 experience. For us, we chose to do it differently. We recognized that the pandemic came with nasty and devastating experience. No doubt about it! However, we deliberately choose to engage in a deep dive conversation that goes beyond the excruciating experience. We decisively focused on seeing the “glass as half full and not half empty.” As such, we did not shy away from highlighting the positive impact brought about by COVID-19 pandemic. The lesson here is one; to be positive and be able, through another lens, to recognize some positive in every frustrating situation.

Wait, it was not just about COVID-19. We also discussed in-depth, the topic of SELF-AWARENESS. Taking cognizance that the mentees are approaching their puberty or are already at it, we decide to unpack this topic. Use the unique concept/theory of Johari’s Window, the mentee was able to gain absolute understanding of SELF-AWARENESS including awareness about Self, Religion, Environment, Family Background, Sexuality and Relationships. The list is long! The one week long started with a bang and ended with a bang! It was an overwhelming achievement. The wonderful testimony we received regarding the impact of the week-long engagement is fulfilling. For this reason, we at LLA, are committed to cause impact. As a product of mentorship, I am deeply compelled to mentor other too. Because IF not ME, WHO, IF not NOW, WHEN?

Published by Oduor Kevin

ODUOR KEVIN is a Public Health Specialist with considerable experience in the health care industry. He has worked in various organizations, leading projects and programs aimed at improving the health outcomes of people living with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and the general population. Oduor Kevin is currently the Chief Programs Officer at Stowelink Inc, a youth-led organization with a single most focus on addressing the burden of NCDs. Oduor’s experience in project management is attributed to his work at Population Services Kenya (PSK) where he served as a member of the National Coordinating Committee for Kitu Ni Kukachora project. Further, in 2019, Oduor Kevin was appointed as Kenyatta University Campus Director by Millenium Campus Network (MCN) to supervise and lead Millennium Fellows in their Social Impact projects. During this assignment, he successfully supervised the fellows and delivered them for graduation under the banner of Millennium Fellowship.

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