An experienced and trusted adviser.
Synonyms: adviser, guide, confidant, confidante, counselor etc.
Advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague).
In 2017 Dawn launched the #YouGotThisCampaign, which aims to empower the young women of South Africa and reaffirm that they ‘got this’. I was among the 100 young women that Dawn chose to attend the first ever Dawn mentor-meet up. On the day of the event, I was among the eleven young women which Dawn chose through a raffle to receive long-term mentorship.
Dawn facilitated the mentorship program through a partnership with DreamGirls Academy, a non-governmental organization which focuses on encouraging young women to pursue a tertiary education and become independent, empowered and successful professionals or entrepreneurs who are catalysts for positive change in their communities.
The academy achieves its aims through one-on-one mentorship and workshops which focus on areas such as life design, goal setting, financial planning, professional advancement and personal development.
Life is challenging for young millennial women, we live in a land of opportunity so we are able to dream big and pursue our dreams.
In that process of pursuing our dreams, we often face triumphs and failures and that is why mentorship is important for all spheres of life, be it academic, professional or in a social aspect; we all need a little guidance at one point or another.
Mentor-mentee relationships are an honest exchange of experiences, which result in guidance, inspiration and occasionally tearful coffee dates.
The Dawn-DreamGirls Academy Dreamers to Leaders mentorship program exposed me to basic financial literacy skills, personal branding/networking classes and the tools that I need to present my best self at all times.
I have also learnt that it is important that I use my platform to uplift others, and that I should care for and love myself first because one cannot pour out of an empty cup.
Through this program, I learnt that sisterhood is important. I realized that I am not alone in my journey and that great things happen when women come together.
I am grateful to Dawn for this amazing initiative. I am grateful to DreamGirls Academy for facilitating the amazing workshops and I am grateful to the mentors who invested their time in this cohort of mentees.
The most important thing that I walked away with from this program is that leadership is devoting your life to others, in the words of my mentor, Leanne Dlamini, “everyone wants to lead but nobody wants to serve.”
Be the change that you want to see in the world, volunteer at an NGO, use the platform which you have been given, use your voice, or perhaps consider becoming a mentor.
Our people must learn to use their lives for doing good deeds. They should do good to those in need. Then our people will not have useless lives.
Written by Jessica Mahlekisi