I am a Mentor, I am constant like the North Star.

  • Young women mentors are carrying a great deal of trauma but welcomed a space to share with each other. In a number of sessions, mentors voiced their lived experiences, openly crying and providing each other with support and empathy. When offered time out, a break or support from the Purposeful team, they said no, they wanted to sit in this moment with other mentors around them.
  • Mentors have an appetite to contribute or lead more in future convenings. While we co-created the direction of the convening with mentors, it was clear that they want to deliver and lead more sessions in the future. Their ideas for what they can offer the group include organising sports and games, drama, sharing skills (such as singing, farming and soap making), organising social activities, creative writing and artwork. Next time, we will make more space for this and ensure mentors have the support and guidance they need to lead in this space.
  • Mentors’ lives have radically changed since they have become mentors in their communities, some share stories of how they’ve set up businesses, returned to education, become trusted and respected decision makers and are doing other innovative things in their communities, such as setting up a pre-school in their girls-only space. While being a mentor has been a springboard for this change, they express the need for financial support to continue this transformation. This money is needed to take exams, undertake skills or vocational training and/or strengthen or expand businesses.
Fifty Mentors from around Sierra Leone and the Purposeful team.
Fifty Mentors from around Sierra Leone and the Purposeful team.
Every day started with yoga to promote a sense of well being and calmness among the group
Every day started with yoga to promote a sense of well-being and calmness among the group
Mentors led debates and discussions on issues impacting their lives
Mentors led debates and discussions on issues impacting their lives

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Purposeful

A feminist movement-building hub that amplifies girls’ voices, resources their resistance, builds solidarity and catalyses collaborative philanthropy.