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  • 1. A Rotary Club of Bukit Kiara Sunrise Project                                                                     Communication Release CR 201002-0003 Feb2010 Inaugural REF Youth Mentoring Workshop The REF has very clear objectives. And these are to:  Assist students stay in full time education and provide them with access to appropriate “life skills” training opportunities.  Provide students and their families with a network of opportunities so as to expose them to a range of career choices.  Develop students to their full potential by helping them “be the best they can be”.  Nurture students into good citizens who will in   time involve themselves in activities for the betterment of their own communities. The participants at the Mentoring Workshop “With the many negative influences on our youths Sunday, 31Jan2010 – The Rotary Club in society today, such as drugs, sexual of Bukit Kiara Sunrise Education promiscuity, Fund (or “REF”) conducted its first Youth Mentoring Workshop. About 38 volunteers attended the one-day workshop conducted by qualified psychologists from the Faculty of Behavioral Science of HELP University College. Besides Rotarians and some members of the Inner Wheel Club of Kuala Lumpur, many of the participants were friends of Rotary. The objective of the workshop was to introduce volunteers to the REF Youth Mentoring programme and to equip them with basic skills on mentoring. Trainers Justin (left) and Eric violence and excessive video gaming to name but a few, we are faced with a big challenge, if not a dilemma. Are we over-whelmed? Certainly, if we “Are we over-whelmed? Certainly, don’t lift a finger to do something, we might as well if we don’t lift a finger to do assume that the battle is lost,” says Rotarian Yau something, we might as well De Piyau, subcommittee chairman for the REF Youth Mentorship Programme. assume that the battle is lost.”
  • 2. effectively give hope to these young students. We can give them a better start to a better life.” Participants were briefed by Rotarians Yau De Piyau and Grant O’Malley on the nature and scope of the programme and in particular their roles and responsibilities as future mentors. Mentors will eventually be teamed with “mentees”, i.e. students who have been given Education Assistance   Awards (EAA), the REF’s financial assistance programme. Rtn Yau explaining the “Role of a Mentor” The REF believes in order to achieve the above objectives, it must get closer to the students and to go beyond just giving them money. The REF has a number of initiatives and has identified that mentoring is one answer  “We can’t be all things to all people. But together, we can do this. This is well within our abilities,” says REF Chairman Dr Yee Yoke Leong. He adds, “More than merely providing financial assistance, with our programmes we are transforming lives and   changing mindsets for the better. Through A cross-section of the participants mentoring and personal nurturing, we will more     Rotarian Grant points out, “Based on the contact time that volunteers are able to afford, the REF Mentorship programme is restricted to providing assistance and support to students on improving their academic results and exposing them to the range of academic opportunities that are available to them.  Mentors are advised not to make any interventions related to social or psychological problems. If they encounter them with the students, such issues may be referred to   professional counselors whom the REF can engage should the need arise.” Rtn Grant describing the “Mentoring Process” "Through mentoring and personal nurturing, we will more effectively give hope to these young students. We can give them a   A breakout session at the workshop. better start to a better life.”
  • 3. Trainers Eric Amaladas and Justin Yap from Help University College provided training in areas such as “Developing a Student Centered Approach”, “Basic Skills for Mentorship” and “Effective Interviewing”. The workshop also covered important areas such as “Learning Styles” and “Basic Listening Skills”. Indeed, “listening” was emphasized as one of the most critical skills a good mentor has to have.   Participant Rotary spouse Mun Yee and Rtn Poay Lim REF Youth Mentorship Programme (YMP)  Provides feedback on observed The objective of the YMP is to create a pool of behavior, encourage desired behavior effective mentors to provide guidance and and report on performance counseling to recipients (awardees) of Education  Where appropriate, establish and Assistance Awards (EAA) from the REF to enable maintain ongoing contact with school them to achieve academic success and be useful and parents – discuss mentee’s members of the Malaysian society. progress to ensure success  Provide access to life skills courses What is Mentoring? when available Mentoring refers to a development relationship in  Meet mentee at regular intervals which a more experienced and knowledgeable person (mentor) helps a less experienced and The scope of the YMP is limited to helping the knowledgeable person (mentee) to develop in a mentee achieve their academic potential and specified capacity. In the context of the REF, it is make the best choices for future education or the more experienced and knowledgeable career. The YMP can offer the mentee benefits Rotarians or volunteers guiding the awardees that their caregivers may not be able to. This is (mentees), supporting them in completing their through exposure to people who can be role education successfully, building their confidence models and to events and opportunities. REF and transitioning them to higher education or the mentors will not have involvement in emotional workforce. problems. Volunteer REF mentors are not trained counselors or social workers. They What is the Role of an REF Mentor? must not undermine the caregiver’s role. There The REF mentor has two major roles, namely: should be no strong emotional attachment as a volunteer REF mentor is “just passing through” 1. Compliance Role, e.g. the student’s life.  Liaison between REF and mentee. Ensures mentees understand REF expectations The REF Mentoring Process  Ensure that financial assistance is used for  Interview – controlled by REF awards the intended purposes subcommittee  Ensure that mentees work hard, observe  REF main committee good attendance, maintain appropriate considers/approves applicant conduct and improve academic  2 mentors assigned per awardee performance (mentee)  First meeting with mentee to introduce 2. Support Role, e.g. the mentor and scope of YMP  Be a role model and provide support and  Subsequent meetings (ideally monthly positive encouragement but minimum once every 2 months, 8+  Be a resource person on educational times per annum) problems and provide information on  Mentor support group feedback careers & career development meetings (every 3 months, minimum of 3 times per year).
  • 4. Mentoring Programme. It will prove that as volunteers, if we put our hearts and minds to it, we can make a significant impact in helping youths in our communities develop positively.” At the end of the workshop, 10 Rotarians were appointed the first mentors under the Youth Mentorship Programme for the six awardees that are currently under the REF. Role play between trainer Eric and Rtn Poay Lim Participants were put through a mixture of role plays and breakout discussions, together with lectures. Pek Ling, a participant from the Inner Wheel Club says, “This is an important workshop under the REF “Our programme is not limited by money, it is only limited by the number of hands and feet we can enlist and deploy.” “…as volunteers, if we put our hearts and minds to it, we can make a significant impact in helping youths in our communities develop positively.”     Rtn Angie (left) appointed mentor by President Frances “After this workshop, know that you will all now be frontline community service givers, expected to show warmth and the human touch, without which all the money in the world will make no impact. After today, you are empowered to make a positive difference to young lives. Our programme is not limited by money, it is only limited by the number of hands and feet we can   enlist and deploy,” says President Frances Po of the Rotary Club in her closing remarks. Rtn Karen (left) appointed as mentor by President Frances The RCBKS Education Fund was officially launched on 14Nov2009 as a project of the Rotary Club of Bukit Kiara Sunrise. The objective of the fund is to support the development of youths of age 15-19 from lower income families, who desire to “help themselves” become useful members of society, by providing them with education opportunities, leadership training, values education and mentorship, putting them on the start of the road to a better life. For more information contact ylyee@pc.jaring.my