MentorMe Kenya

Promoting jobs and business for mentees in Kenya through a Kenyan-German mentoring program, with mentoring, training and networking.
Become a mentor Become a mentee

Your transformation starts today. With MentorMe.

Join our community of aspiring mentees and mentors now – it is free of any costs for you!

About the project

MentorMe is the largest job-focused mentoring program in Central Europe. Together with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) MentorMe partners up for an intercultural mentoring program between Kenya and Germany.

MentorMe carries out these activities as part of a project co-funded by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the Government of the German Federal Republic and is co-financed by NORAD.

The Mentoring Program

We support women and men in Kenyan from the age of 18 who are jobseekers, entrepreneurs, owners and managers of MSMEs with a special focus on youth, women and the green sector – as mentees. As mentee, you can choose from a pool of thousands of mentors one Kenyan or German mentor, a woman or a man. Your chosen mentor will be experienced in the profession or business area where you seek guidance and expertise. Our upskilling trainings and inspirational events of the mentoring program will help you further to overcome your challenges on the job and to achieve your professional goals.

 

Who can join our mentoring community?

Mentees

Mentees are women and men in Kenya with at least 18 years of age. They are either job seekers, business owners or business managers. They may be right before starting their career and looking to get a job or already running a business as owners or managers. Regardless of whether they consider themselves a young or senior professional, they all have one thing in common: they are movers and want to forge smart, unique career paths for themselves and/or their businesses. Their goal is to explore potential career paths and strategies, develop new professional  skills and make the right career moves or scale their businesses. MentorMe supports them by matching them with the right experienced professional mentors and by inviting them to take part in workshops and events, focusing on professional growth.

Mentors

Mentors are women and men, Kenyans and Germans. They are living in Germany or in other European countries and in Kenya. All mentors have at least 5 years of professional experience in an industry and professional field. The are mentors on a voluntary basis and do this with a lot of dedication and motivation. As mentors, their mission is to help the mentees overcome their obstacles on the job and to support them in reaching their professional goals. They share their knowledge, experience and experiences, as well as their contacts with their mentees. They listen to their mentees and respond to them in an advisory and guiding manner. Our mentors work in all professions and industries you can think of, in small companies and huge corporations. Your mentor will be your engine in reaching your next career or business goal.

What do mentees get from MentorMe?

12 Mentoring Sessions

Mentoring Support: Our sophisticated matching software offers your 3 choices from our pool which has hundreds of mentors, who best meet your needs and goals. You can choose one of them or decline all and get more options of available mentors, who fulfill your mentoring wishes.

1:1 Mentoring: Start you mentoring with your chosen mentor in a 1-hour mentoring session every month.

Your Benefit: Use your mentor’s expertise and experiences

3 Network events

Kick Off Event: Inspirational speeches, presentation of activities of the program, workshop on inter-cultural communications across different countries, introduction of roles and responsibilities of mentees and mentors

Half Year Event: Networking for all mentees, mentors and partners

Farewell Event: Speeches of partners, presentations of the mentees’ success stories, learnings and end with a networking

2 Skills trainings

½-Day training for jobseekers: Training on online job search, CV-writing, letter of application, job interview, negotiation and networking for job-search

Full-day training for owners and managers of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs): Training on business mission, vision and values (personal and organizational development), strategy and positioning (USP of product/service, business canvas), growth strategies (money-mindset, investments, sales, marketing), process optimization (employee acquisition, digitalization)

Mentoring FAQ

What is a mentor?
A mentor is a person with a solid professional background, a subject matter expert who has plenty of work experience. Mentors help you to achieve your professional goals by providing valuable insights into your work situation and sharing their experience with you.

They also help expand their mentee’s professional network and sharpen their focus. Our mentors have at least 5 years of work experience in an industry or profession (this does not include trainee or internship positions). When matching mentors to mentees, we ensure that the mentor has more professional experience and knowledge of a profession or industry than the mentee does, but do not consider their respective ages or degrees.

What does mentoring mean?
Mentoring is an opportunity to grow professionally. An experienced person (the mentor) provides advice and counsel regarding professional life to a person with less experience (the mentee).

Mentors pass on their professional experience, knowledge and contacts to the mentee. Their mission is to support the mentee as a sparring partners for job-focused questions, concerns and goals. They are available to talk through any questions they might have.

What is the difference between mentoring and coaching?
Coaching and mentoring are both valid professional development methods. As a general rule, mentoring is set up to be a long-term opportunity and based on the relationship between the mentor and the mentee, while coaching is more of a short-term experience. A mentor provides advice based on their own experience, whereas a coach uses a variety of methods learned during their professional training.
Why should I join this mentoring program?
Mentees sign up for mentoring in order to get ahead professionally, hence, to overcome their obstacles, such as lack of know-how or contacts, and to reaching their next career steps and professional goals. Mentors want to share their professional knowledge with the next generation.

If both mentor and mentee take their responsibilities seriously, mentoring can be the key to a mentee’s professional success and a great way for the mentor to make an impact.

How do I become a mentee?

1. Registration

Fill out the registration form with your basic information

2. Matching

Fill out the matching form and choose the mentor who fits you best

3. Mentoring

Time to meet your mentor and start with the program

Professional fulfillment is desirable and achievable for everyone.

Karin Heinzl, founder and CEO of MentorMe

Who can receive mentoring?

Z

People from Kenya

women and men over 18
Kenyan citizens living in Kenya right now

Z

Job seekers

holding an university degree
unemployed and job seeking
motivated and reliable

Z

Owners & managers

of MSMEs existing at least for 1 year
of MSMEs generating revenues
of MSMEs having high growth potential

How do corporate partners participate?

As corporate partners of MentorMe, big and small companies and organizations pursue a strategy mix of personnel development and recruiting as well as corporate social responsibility and diversity. With MentorMe’s Kenyan-German mentoring program, employers, who are situated or have branches in Kenya, support Kenyan women and men which their careers and professional development and up-skilling for the job. They engage in corporate social responsibility and employer branding by opening their doors and sharing their professional expertise with high potentials. They support women and men to grow professionally with the hopes, that future employees are among them. Therefore, they give their employees the opportunity to become engaged as mentors and/or to further develop themselves as mentees.

Contact our team!

If you have further questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Daniel our MentorMe Kenya Project Manager. We're happy to help you throughout the process of registration, matching and mentoring as well as with any other inquiry.

[email protected]

MentorMe Kenya

Promoting jobs and business for mentees in Kenya through a Kenyan-German mentoring program, with mentoring, training and networking.

Your transformation starts today. With MentorMe.

Join our community of aspiring mentees and mentors now – it is free of any costs for you!

About the project

MentorMe is the largest job-focused mentoring program in Central Europe. Together with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) MentorMe partners up for an intercultural mentoring program between Kenya and Germany.

MentorMe carries out these activities as part of a project co-funded by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) on behalf of the Government of the German Federal Republic and is co-financed by NORAD.

The Mentoring Program

We support women and men in Kenyan from the age of 18 who are jobseekers, entrepreneurs, owners and managers of micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSMEs) with a special focus on youth, women and the green sector – as mentees. As mentee, you can choose from a pool of thousands of mentors one Kenyan or German mentor, a woman or a man. Your chosen mentor will be experienced in the profession or business area where you seek guidance and expertise. Our upskilling trainings and inspirational events of the mentoring program will help you further to overcome your challenges on the job and to achieve your professional goals.

 

Who can join our mentoring community?

Mentees

Mentees are women and men, living in Kenya with at least 18 years of age. They are either job seekers, business owners or business managers. They may be right before starting their career and looking to get a job or already running a business as owners or managers. Regardless of whether they consider themselves a young or senior professional, they all have one thing in common: they are movers and want to forge smart, unique career paths for themselves and/or their businesses. Their goal is to explore potential career paths and strategies, develop new professional  skills and make the right career moves or scale their businesses. MentorMe supports them by matching them with the right experienced professional mentors and by inviting them to take part in workshops and events, focusing on professional growth.

Mentors

Mentors are women and men, Kenyans and Germans. They are living in Germany or in other European countries and in Kenya. All mentors have at least 5 years of professional experience in an industry and professional field. The are mentors on a voluntary basis and do this with a lot of dedication and motivation. As mentors, their mission is to help the mentees overcome their obstacles on the job and to support them in reaching their professional goals. They share their knowledge, experience and experiences, as well as their contacts with their mentees. They listen to their mentees and respond to them in an advisory and guiding manner. Our mentors work in all professions and industries you can think of, in small companies and huge corporations. Your mentor will be your engine in reaching your next career or business goal.

What do mentees get from MentorMe?

12 Mentoring Sessions

Mentoring Support: Our sophisticated matching software offers your 3 choices from our pool which has hundreds of mentors, who best meet your needs and goals. You can choose one of them or decline all and get more options of available mentors, who fulfill your mentoring wishes.

1:1 Mentoring: Start you mentoring with your chosen mentor in a 1-hour mentoring session every month.

Your Benefit: Use your mentor’s expertise and experiences

3 Network events

Kick Off Event: Inspirational speeches, presentation of activities of the program, workshop on inter-cultural communications across different countries, introduction of roles and responsibilities of mentees and mentors

Half Year Event: Networking for all mentees, mentors and partners

Farewell Event: Speeches of partners, presentations of the mentees’ success stories, learnings and end with a networking

2 Skills trainings

½-Day training for jobseekers: Training on online job search, CV-writing, letter of application, job interview, negotiation and networking for job-search

Full-day training for owners and managers of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs): Training on business mission, vision and values (personal and organizational development), strategy and positioning (USP of product/service, business canvas), growth strategies (money-mindset, investments, sales, marketing), process optimization (employee acquisition, digitalization)

Who can receive mentoring?

Z

People from Kenya

women and men over 18
Kenyan citizens living in Kenya right now

Z

Job seekers

holding an university degree
unemployed and job seeking
motivated and reliable

Z

Owners & managers

of MSMEs existing at least for 1 year
of MSMEs generating revenues
of MSMEs having high growth potential

For Employers

As corporate partners of MentorMe, big and small companies and organizations pursue a strategy mix of personnel development and recruiting as well as corporate social responsibility and diversity. With MentorMe’s Kenyan-German mentoring program, employers, who are situated or have branches in Kenya, support Kenyan women and men which their careers and professional development and up-skilling for the job. They engage in corporate social responsibility and employer branding by opening their doors and sharing their professional expertise with high potentials. They support women and men to grow professionally with the hopes, that future employees are among them. Therefore, they give their employees the opportunity to become engaged as mentors and/or to further develop themselves as mentees.

Mentoring FAQ

What is a mentor?
A mentor is a person with a solid professional background, a subject matter expert who has plenty of work experience. Mentors help you to achieve your professional goals by providing valuable insights into your work situation and sharing their experience with you.

They also help expand their mentee’s professional network and sharpen their focus. Our mentors have at least 5 years of work experience in an industry or profession (this does not include trainee or internship positions). When matching mentors to mentees, we ensure that the mentor has more professional experience and knowledge of a profession or industry than the mentee does, but do not consider their respective ages or degrees.

What does mentoring mean?
Mentoring is an opportunity to grow professionally. An experienced person (the mentor) provides advice and counsel regarding professional life to a person with less experience (the mentee).

Mentors pass on their professional experience, knowledge and contacts to the mentee. Their mission is to support the mentee as a sparring partners for job-focused questions, concerns and goals. They are available to talk through any questions they might have.

What is the difference between mentoring and coaching?
Coaching and mentoring are both valid professional development methods. As a general rule, mentoring is set up to be a long-term opportunity and based on the relationship between the mentor and the mentee, while coaching is more of a short-term experience. A mentor provides advice based on their own experience, whereas a coach uses a variety of methods learned during their professional training.
Why should I join this mentoring program?
Mentees sign up for mentoring in order to get ahead professionally, hence, to overcome their obstacles, such as lack of know-how or contacts, and to reaching their next career steps and professional goals. Mentors want to share their professional knowledge with the next generation.

If both mentor and mentee take their responsibilities seriously, mentoring can be the key to a mentee’s professional success and a great way for the mentor to make an impact.

How do I become a mentee?

1. Registration

Fill out the registration form with your basic information

2. Matching

Fill out the matching form and choose the mentor who fits you best

3. Mentoring

Time to meet your mentor and start with the program

Professional fulfillment is desirable and achievable for everyone.

Karin Heinzl, founder and CEO of MentorMe

Contact our team!

If you have further questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Daniel our MentorMe Kenya Project Manager. We're happy to help you throughout the process of registration, matching and mentoring as well as with any other inquiry.

[email protected]

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