The First Group partners with AAWAAZ Foundation on an ambitious mentorship initiative in India
The First Group is partnering with Aawaaz Foundation, one of India’s most respected private education providers, to mentor talented students enrolled in primary and secondary schools and living in underprivileged communities across the country. The programme, which is funded by The First Group and managed by Aawaaz Foundation, sees university students, known as TFG Mentors, help school students – or ‘mentees’ – develop their talents and learn important skills that will equip them to excel in later life, providing them with the tools to one day also give back to their own communities. It will also provide them with the necessary social and emotional support to ultimately excel in their chosen careers.
The initiative, which is operating in India, is being funded by The First Group and managed by Aawaaz Foundation, one of the country’s most experienced and successful educational support specialists.
The First Group is providing funding for 40 mentors and 80 mentees in the first year of the programme.
The initiative aims to build on the success of The First Group’s existing charity programme in India, which provide extensive educational funding and other support to children living in underprivileged communities across the country.
All students enrolled in the Mentorship Programme receive financial and educational support, while gaining access to networking and upskilling opportunities in conjunction with their personal mentors.
The Mentorship Programme is designed to ensure these young and talented students reach their maximum potential while at school, setting them up for university life or for work, while going on to provide important societal and economic contributions, leaving a lasting and positive impact on themselves and their local communities.
TFG MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME FAQs
HOW IS THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME STRUCTURED?
The First Group is partnering with Aawaaz Foundation, one of India’s most respected private education providers, which is managing the operational aspects of the programme on TFG’s behalf. Aawaaz identifies and recruits mentors and mentees for the programme, and provides both parties with ongoing academic, co-curricular and emotional support.
HOW ARE MENTORS CHOSEN FOR THE PROGRAMME?
Mentors are chosen according to their relevant expertise, academic skillset and how they can positively impact the programme’s mentees. Each mentor is selected through a process of background checks, questionnaires and interviews to assess their suitability for the programme.
I AM INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MENTOR – WHAT TYPE OF SUPPORT CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE?
Aawaaz provides all mentors with a range of orientation and training sessions before meeting their mentees. These sessions concentrate on different teaching strategies, how to provide support to children, the roles and responsibility of the mentor, handling difficult situations and how to design a mentoring session.