The Abuja Global Shapers have announced the launch of The SHAPE-UP Mentoring—an early intervention programme designed by the Abuja Hub to support and guide teens into the career pathways of their choice, and to build outstanding teenagers fully equipped to become tomorrow’s leaders, and to positively impact their generation and beyond.
According to the Project Lead, Amaka Okechukwu, the programme is aimed at connecting teenagers to an exceptional team of pre-selected young professionals whose interests and backgrounds match those of the students.
She said, “we designed the SHAPE-UP Mentoring for the benefit of teenagers within the age range of 12 to 14 years in junior/secondary schools in Abuja. Through SHAPE-UP Mentoring, we hope to raise the career and life aspirations of students; to improve their interpersonal skills; increase their self-confidence, and improve their overall academic performance.”
Speaking on the nature of the mentorship programme, Okechukwu, said that “mentees will benefit from a range of fun and practical development activities and events geared towards exposing them to a wealth of knowledge, experience, advice and instruction that will aid them in their professional, personal and academic pursuits.
The Curator of the Hub, Bella Anne Ndubuisi, stressed the importance of a quality mentorship experience for adolescents—“every child deserves a Champion; an adult who have been where they are, and can relate to their emotional struggle to excel at all levels”. She called on young professionals, based in Abuja, between the ages of 25-35, who are ready to commit to fully supporting a teenager to overcome challenges such as goal-setting, low self-esteem, peer pressure and making career choices, to join the Abuja Hub in shaping the lives the next generation of leaders.