Anchoring the young minds is as important as educating them. In this era of technology and information, children are often faced with the stress of not knowing what to accept and what to reject.
Integrating this in the Future Smiles project of Mumbai Smiles, a scholarship distribution project, recently launched a one on one mentoring program by the name of Green Batti, a program that will pair 150 trained professional mentors to 150 underprivileged mentees through a collaboration between Mumbai Smiles and Thincquisitive Foundation. The objective behind this program being to bring together mentors and mentees from various backgrounds that will develop and nurture a relationship that provides the mentees with an exposure and experience beyond their immediate means as well as the mentors with an opportunity to learn and gain insight from the program as a whole.
The impact areas of the project will be health, life skills, social skills, and will also focus on developing social perspectives. The mentors will generally be working professionals in the age group of 21-29 years and will mentor children from under resourced communities in the age group of 10-12 years.
With a specialized process that will involve selecting the mentor and the mentee, the program will be more fruitful, effective and productive.
A total of 24 meetings have been scheduled for a period of 4 months for one on one interaction and group meetings. These sessions will include confidence building activities, special workshops, movie screenings and many more valuable activities!
It is through such initiatives that Mumbai Smiles hopes to provide the right guidance to the people from the underprivileged backgrounds and ensures their holistic development.