Pearl generation Uganda (PG-UG) is a youth led organization that is geared at supporting and creating a generation that can be able to deal with their own problems. The directors therefore emphasize the importance of peer education and mentorship.it is with this in mind that the idea of a youth mentorship program was born. This mentorship program hereafter referred to as the #Chatroom fellowship is meant to train peer educators in the various spheres of life with emphasis on health social-economic development and Leadership skills.
This program seeks to take advantage of the above mentioned dialogue in such a way that the topics of focus during this mentorship program will be determined entirely by the discussions held in the communities.
Youth who seek mentorship or intend to take part in this program will be given a certain period to apply to be part of the program. Once the deadline for application reaches, the team will then discuss the criteria for selection of the most viable candidates basing on the focus topics and several other conditions.
Once the most viable candidates have been selected, the discussions are then take to the platform where both participants and non-participants for that particular edition of the chatroom fellowship are given space to discuss various topics affecting them in the different spheres of their lives. It is from these topics that the focus topics to be covered during the mentorship will be chosen. On selection of the focus topics the team will then determine how to go about that edition of the fellowship. A period of at least a month should elapse between selection of the topic and commencement of the fellowship. This is to enable the team plan exhaustively for the fellowship.
Each fellowship help is meant to last between 4 days and/or a week depending on the various factors for instance, the topics chosen, the trainers available and also the resources in question.
During these fellowships, the youth are to be mentored both by influential youth in various spheres and also by seasoned experts in different fields. This is to give them a wider point of view instead of limiting their perspective by giving them only one of the two.
The youth are trained on various topics with emphasis on the following
- Leadership and Empowerment
- Entrepreneurship and Business skills
- Social and Livelihood
Under entrepreneurship and Business skill, the youth are taught several skills to enable them start up and keep their businesses afloat in these challenging economic times. The skills include; business planning, start up, management, book keeping and account management among others. These are to help the youth become economically empowered and also enable them teach other how to properly run a functional business.
The aspect of leadership is vital because the training is a mentorship program and each person who goes through the fellowship is thereafter expected to mentor others in the skills they have acquired during the fellowship. It is thereafter crucial to equip the youth with leadership skills so as to enable them properly pass on information after the fellowship.
With this fellowship in place, the organization intends to achieve a platform where youth from different walks of life get to meet and interact without in limitation and learn not only from the panel of experts that have been chosen but also from each other. In this way, each individual that undergoes the mentorship leaves with something new that he/she has not only learnt but can also ably impart the knowledge into others.