Mentorship is the foundation of the Media24 Rachel's Angels empowerment programme. It is through mentorship that learners are encouraged to strive for more and better; where they learn through the experience of others and where they can gain confidence through experience.
The Media24 Rachel's Angels Trust firmly believes that quality education is the key to success and since the inception of the trust in 2007 we have witnessed how education improved the circumstances of so many of our learners and students.
In her annual address at Malibu High School in 2013, Jo-Ann Strauss, former Miss South Africa, explained it vividly: "Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor," which means that in order for people to help you, you must be willing to bring your part too.
Mentors are students from the University of Stellenbosch. The prospective mentors apply to the trust to become part of the programme. Should the mentor pass the strict selection process and be selected they commit to act as mentor for a 2 year cycle.
The mentors are trained on leadership and mentoring skills and expected to regularly meet with their mentees.
A mentor can be described as an experienced and influential individual that leads others professional growth and success. The focus of mentoring is on the person, their future and support for individual growth and maturity. A mentor becomes a counsellor, confidant, and a role model. Mentoring is a one-to-one caring supportive relationship partnership between a mentor and mentee that is based on trust. This relationship focuses on the needs of the mentored individuals and encourages them to develop to their fullest potential based on their own vision for the future.
Comments from the mentors:
"Being part of the Media24 Rachel's Angels programme was an opportunity for me to give back to the people who needed help. I also learned a lot during this program. It taught me a lot about myself."
Letitia Etsebeth (Best Mentor of the Year 2011)
Media24 Rachel's Angels made an everlasting impact on my life! I was given the opportunity to make a difference which I believe I did, and in return I had the opportunity to learn from many wonderful people and make great friends.
"It was extremely special to be part of the Media24 Rachel's Angels programme. All of us learned from each other, without even knowing it at the time."
"The Media24 Rachel's Angels programme made a huge impact on all of us, mentees and mentors. The biggest impact that was made was to always stay positive in life, and that nothing comes without hard work. It meant change and transformation, as well as building relationships that causes change."
"The greatest reward for me was when I walked past a few of my mentees on campus one day and seeing what they accomplished and just how much they grew was a great moment of accomplishment for me. Knowing that I could impact someone's life and the feeling of helping someone is incredible."
"It means a lot to be able to make a difference in someone else's life and I appreciate the opportunity. Just as the mentees learned a lot from me, I also learned a lot from them. I think the motivation made a big impact on the mentees' lives. Being able to help learners to make informed decisions on where to study, what to study and how to apply for bursaries helped them a lot."
"Being part of the Media24 Rachel's Angels programme was quite an eye-opener. It's a project that's beneficial to both the mentor and the mentee. The mentees had no idea what lay ahead, so having someone to talk about the future and to make future plans helped a lot. Motivation, hard work, teaching them that without hard work there are no rewards was some of the main aspects that I could offer as a mentor."
Blain van Wyk
"It meant a lot to be able to make a positive difference in someone else's life. We learned a lot from each other. It was a privilege to be able to make an impact on someone else's life and help them to further their studies and build a future for themselves."
"It meant a lot to be able to touch the lives of others, and see them grow, just as you yourself grow through the experience. During the Media24 Rachel's Angels programme we all learned from each other, but most importantly, everyone learned to work hard in order to achieve their goals, and to always have a dream."