Rationale for Existence
The transition from Secondary school to higher education is a potentially difficult process for many students. Universities have increasingly implemented student support measures in an effort to aid student success and curb drop-outs. Such support measures are increasingly advocated as a foundational prerequisite for undergraduate success
Mentoring relationships are widely accepted as crucial for youth of all backgrounds and abilities, and have been identified as a key tool by corporations, non-profit organisations, and government entities to help young to people reach their full potential. Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. A mentor is defined as a supportive adult who works with a young person (mentee) to build a relationship by offering guidance, support, and encouragement to help the young person’s positive and healthy development over a period of time
Mentoring can positively impact a range of developmental outcomes including emotional/behavioural resiliency, academic excellence, career advancement, and organisational productivity. In recent years, claims of mentorship uptake have become widespread as it helps young people succeed in school, work, and life. By connecting young people to caring, consistent, and supportive mentors, Kenyatta University helps young people to achieve their dreams, and to strengthen communities, the economy, and the country at large.
The Programme is guided by two policies: Staff Mentors Policy, Code of Conduct and Ethics and Students to Students Nurture and Mentorship Policy and Code of Conduct and Ethics and Guidelines for Mentors.
The Kenyatta University Directorate of Mentoring Programme rolled on 21st June, 2006 targeting all newly admitted first year students, from all disciplines. Among other achievements, it was expected that the programme wouldhelp first year students settle down faster in the university life, as well as make informed decisions concerning their academic, social and career achievement, early in their university life in Kenyatta University. It was also envisaged that mentored students would lead a more fulfilled life while in the University and beyond.
In 2006, 87 staff members volunteered to mentor students and were trained on mentorship skills. Currently, there are 306 staff mentors from all disciplines and over 20,000 students have benefited from the programme.
The Mentoring Programme exists in five (5) modes:
- Staff to student mentorship programme
- Student to Student Nurture and Mentorship Programme (peer mentorship)
- Country-wide Mentoring visits to Secondary Schools
- Growing Leaders Programme: Certificate in Leadership Development and Mentorship Course. (See separate link)
- Connecting students to mentors in the industry