For all my girls! The power of peer mentoring

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Inspiring Women Campaign volunteer and TV producer Efe Ezekiel talks about her experiences of talking with girls in school and what she’s gained from it.

Many years ago I decided to dedicate my life to inspiring and igniting the passions and aspirations of all young people. One of the vehicles that has allowed me to do some of this is by being part of the Inspiring Women Campaign. Over the past year and a half, the campaign has provided me with many opportunities to live my dream and carry out my dedication to the fullest extent and impact.

One of the most memorable days was at a wonderful secondary school called St Philomena. The teacher requested that I put together a programme that addressed Leadership and Mentoring for her 6th Form girls who had just started the year and needed a bit of guidance in supporting one another as leaders and help in understanding the power of peer mentoring.

Peer mentoring can help young people realise their potential to achieve their dreams, whilst supporting one another on their quest and crucial last years at school.

Well, this was an amazing task to be apart of, as the girls were full committed, fun and engaged. We had an awesome time together. We even had a few boys who joined the session and got completely involved in all the talks and exercises.

The day had three speakers from three different industries and the teacher had made sure that we were varied in our styles and job roles. I was also able to learn a lot too from the other speakers.

However, the greatest and most profound learning’s are always from the students. They demonstrated such wisdom, determination and strength in all their work and lives. Especially today, as many young girls have immense amount of pressure in all of their lives and the most pertinent and repeated questions from all of them was ‘How do I maintain school, work, life balance….be happy and reach for my goals? Especially, when a lot of the time society/media makes you feel that this unattainable. My answer to them as a fulltime Youth Mentor and woman of life experience is to ignore the pressures of the world and go for the dreams that make you feel happy, believe in yourself and never ever give up! Many of the students promised that they would endeavour to try this philosophy and see how it goes.

Our girls all over the country are in desperate need of diverse female role models from every background, ethnicity and religion. Therefore, I am a proud to be part of this campaign and will forever be grateful for one of my best days with some of the most amazing young ladies as they transition into their womanhood.

Thank-you!
Efe Ezekiel

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