Calabar, March 14th 2017

Afterschool Centre for Career Development joined over 13,000 women globally to mark the 2017 Global Mentoring Walk. The walk in Calabar was part of the 117 walks held concurrently on Saturday, March  11th 2017 in 60 countries.

The Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk provided an environment for aspiring young women to gain the support and guidance that they need to fulfill their goals, as mentoring is proven to be one of the most important steps to establishing a successful career. Preceding the Walk was a weeklong activities comprising a Mentoring Brunch for Mentors and Mentees,the Fashion Value Chain Workshop  and Girls Technology Tour at Government Secondary School,Anantigha and Government Technical School, Mayne Avenue Street while the Mentoring Dinner & Impact Awards is billed for April 30th 2017.

Aimed at providing effective support system to help overcome the obstacles to career growth that women commonly face in corporate and professional environments, such as experiencing the “glass ceiling” effect and limited networking options the Global Mentoring Walk  further strengthened  intergenerational and  gender – based shadowing amongst women, inspired a new cadre of women leaders/entrepreneurs and amplified the significance of all women in our local, national and international polity.

The Mentoring walk in Calabar featured prominent Women leaders such as the Mrs. Justina Ovat, Senior Special Adviser to the Governor of Cross River State on Tourism Development & General Manager,Tinapa, Mrs. Christabel Ndubisi,CEO Bella Water, Mrs. Liz Udie, Executive Council Member of the Calabar Carnival Commission, Mrs. Juliet Ufot,Curator, Global Shapers Calabar Hub,Mrs. Enwongo Abasi Okon,a Director at the Micro Enterprise Development Agency,Calabar.

Speaking on the essence of the Mentoring Walk, the Founder/ Faculty Lead, Afterschool Centre for Career Development and Flag bearer of the Walk in Nigeria, Esther Eshiet charged mentees to make good use of their mentoring relationships within the next three months. ‘’This platform is established for you to excel and success is a personal responsibility; therefore go ahead and make your mentors proud”

 

The Walk was delivered in partnership with BudgIT, Ekondo Microfinance Bank and The Rod & Staff Company. Our media partners include HITFm Calabar, Bella Naija, Calabar Blog, Ynaija, Calabar Reporters and Complete Fashion.

 

Some of the Mentors and Mentees shared their perspective about the walk:

 

This is my first time at the Mentoring walk and I like the way Mentor related with me despite her achievements – Sharon Emu , Mentee

 

This programme has helped me fulfill a burden I feel about grooming young people in this generation .-  Mrs. Enwogho Absi Okon, Mentor

 

I have learnt so much in 2 hours from my mentor; and I can imagine where I will be at the end of the 3 months  mentoring phase– Arit Ukpong , Mentee

 

Mentoring has been a core part of my work so I am excited to share my knowledge and resources with my mentees- Mrs. Christabel Ndubisi, Mentor

 

My mentor made me realize that my business challenge is not opening a shop; but rather pushing my fashion brand– Geraldine Bassey, Mentee

 

For Partnerships and inquiries, Please contact our Programmes and Partnerships Team viainfo@afterschoolcentre.org or call 081870508000.

 

Vital Voices Global Partnership :

 Vital Voices Global Partnership invests in women leaders who improve the world. Founded by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and guided by the belief that women are essential to progress in their communities, we partner with leaders from more than 140 countries who advance economic opportunity, increase political and public leadership, and end violence against women. Our programs in strategic planning, business, advocacy and communications build critical skills needed for creating transformational change at scale. Through our global platform, women leaders expand their connections and visibility, accelerating shared progress for all. Visit www.vitalvoices.org to learn more.

 

About Afterschool Centre for Career Development:

Afterschool Centre for Career Development (formerly known as Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project) is a non-governmental, capacity development organization committed to inspiring, investing and engaging young people as well as facilitating growth opportunities for young persons in transitional stages of their lives. We ignite young people to set career goals and walk them through the achievement of such goals enabling them transit seamlessly from school to work.

At Afterschool Centre for Career Development we employ various strategic interventions to counsel, train and provide growth opportunities for young people to prepare for the world of work through a peer mentoring model. Our programmes and projects include a Pathfinder programme for Adolescents, A Pre-Tertiary Training Programme for Post-Secondary school graduates, Workplace Training for Undergraduates as well as career advancement trainings for young professionals.

Beyond providing direct services Afterschool Centre for Career Development provides a springboard for Stakeholder collaboration and thought leadership on issues regarding holistic education including career counseling, employment and youth transitions programming. Some initiatives under our thought leadership portfolio include; The Career Counsellors Coalition and the School to Work Transitions in Africa Initiative.

Interested in our work? Please contact our Partnerships and Programmes team on +2348187508000,+2348185035437 or email and   info@afterschoolcentre.org  ,   www.afterschoolcentre.org