Connecting people through digital 1:1 mentoring
by Alexandra Graffrom Volunteer Vision https://www.volunteer-vision.com/
We created eCareer - a digital mentorship program that connects corporate partners as mentors with refugees in a 1:1 career program. Mentor and mentee are connected via video-chat and are led through their sessions by embedded eLearning materials. Our goal is to help provide refugees with the relevant skills to succeed in life and enter the local workforce by helping them preparing for job interviews, and by acting as important motivators. We want to connect people - wherever they are.
What's the business opportunity for host and refugee community
Our participating companies can get to know and identify local talent on a new level and at the same time support an innovative solution to tackle struggling unemployment rates. At the same time, the mentoring couples have the opportunity to connect and create a relationship with someone from a different background and culture. Mentees gain knowledge and insight into the local workforce, can improve their employability skills and increase their chances to get hired in their industry of choice.
How has it been implemented and what impact it had
We offer different mentoring programs: E.g. our eCareer4Nigeria with GIZ SPDA, targeting young women starting their career in the IT sector. In addition, our Refugee career program has been used by over 200 refugees in partnership with Kiron (kiron.ngo). Also, with SOS Children's we are offering a job orientation program for young adults (see video). We measure our impact by carrying out thorough evaluations with all participants to measure personal development and increases in employability.
Our Skills and Experience
We will be able to contribute with a profound expertise in IT, bringing technology and the use of it in the field of education closer to people, paired with many years of experience in the mentoring and corporate volunteering sector that will help us training local communities in learning new leadership, mentoring and adaptation skills. At the same time, we want to hear from local experts and communities and through the use of design thinking how we can improve and adjust our program.