Many people associate youths in Kenya with crime or confusion and disorganization but maybe what these young people need is mentorship. I believe if someone takes up their time to mentor these youth into becoming better citizen and great people in their careers we might see a huge change in the society. So before people start pointing fingers and accusing them why not start acting out and help guide them into greatness.
According to the National Mentoring Partnership, youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. Most youths in our country today are lost in drug abuse, they are taken into rehab and when they get out they still go back to abusing drugs or spend a lot of time getting drunk than doing something valuable with their lives. This is where mentors come in; they provide them with valuable suggestions of places where they can spend their time other than just going out to drink and getting high.
Mentors also help them set career goals and start setting steps toward achieving these goals. A life of a common youth does not allow them to sit down and think of what they want to achieve in life and what they are doing towards that. The youth have a lot of energy and spend a lot of their time thinking of what they want to do for fun, or where they will spend their weekends or where they will get money to organize a one of a kind party on their birthday. Career goals are no where closer to their minds, that’s why they need mentorship to help them realize that instead of spending your weekends going out on road trips and partying like you are dying tomorrow, why not go volunteer in an office and gain some skills? Why not save up to start a good business on the side, other than wasting all that money organizing a party that will not benefit you at all?
Youths need mentors to help them as they start their career journey. They are fresh and new in the job market, they have no experience whatsoever, and they don’t know how to relate with their bosses or co-workers. This can be frustrating at times and that’s where mentors come in handy. They have been in the job market for a long time and they know how to seek jobs and keep them, they know what a person needs to do to grow in their careers and discover their maximum potential. All they need to do is guide them and share this tips with them, to just help them find it easy adjusting at work and also succeed in their careers.
There are great minds and successful people who made it because of mentorship, Alexander the Great was mentored by Aristotle, Plato was mentored by Socrates, Nelson Mandela was mentored by Walter Sisulu, and Nicholas Biwott was George Sitoti’s mentor. The list can go on and on but this is just to show you that no man is born fully formed, if these great people needed guidance so does the youth in our country.
So before you start complaining about the youth and how unreliable they are, why not take that step in guiding them toward becoming better people? I know there are a lot of young people out there who have potential, they have great ideas and great minds they just don’t know what to do or where to go or who to approach. They need people who have experience to mentor them, guide them and show them what they can do to reach their maximum potential or put their ideas into action. The youth of this country are not a lost lot; all they need is a little guidance from those who are ahead of them.