Working in partnership with local businesses, education providers, and the community, we encourage young people to develop future skills and entrepreneurial culture by engaging them in skill-building and project-based activities and programs that connect their learning to future careers. Through encounters with the world of work, they gain exposure to STEM and other emerging fields that will shape the future of work.
Skillcity is founded on principles of equity, partnership, and sustainability. We develop out-of-the-box initiatives and innovative partnerships that empower young people to discover their strengths and reach their full potential. Our mission is to equip young people with skills and know-how to maximize their potential and boost their chances for success.
Skillcity's mentorship program is fluid and allows volunteers/participants to choose the type of mentoring that best suits them. Mentorship can be one-on-one to allow for closer and deeper relationships to form and create personalized sessions that focus on the mentees prospects. T
here is also the option of a group setting with multiple mentees of the same demographic to promote engagement with peers as well as collaboration. Mentors are also asked to provide a preference for the age group they would like to engage with starting from children in elementary to adults in university or currently employed.
The main goal of mentorship is creating the foundation for a good relationship through the setting of goals and objectives. The mentorship program can be 4 or 6 months long with a minimal commitment of 4 hours per month spent with the mentee; either once a week or bi-weekly sessions. This time allows for the mentor to teach important skills to the mentee(s) and learn about the career prospects they can attain with these skills. The hours spent with the mentee will consist of activities, skill building, and learning about new possibilities in the world of work.
Our new mentorship program can be viewed in 3 interconnected phases: Introductions and Foundation, Progress and Learning, and Reflection and Calls to Action. The first phase allows the mentor and mentee(s) to familiarize themselves with each other and discuss potential goals and objectives in order to build the foundation for a good relationship. The Progress and Learning phase is of utmost importance as it is the bulk of the program. This is the time that mentors spend teaching their mentee(s) important skills and the career prospects available with these newly acquired skills. Finally, the mentors and mentees spend time reflecting on their experience together, review their goals and objectives, as well as assess their learnings and newly procured knowledge.
Our Goals for Mentorship:
- Make informed choices in school and in life while choosing potential career paths
- Help participants discover and develop their strengths and weaknesses
- Help participants discover and develop transferable skills that they can take with them as career assets
- Get exposure to create an insight into industry requirements
- Build a positive relationship with a mentee and help them discover the world of STEM
- Help young mentees stay in school and reduce the number of dropouts as a result of career guidance