Mentor Tales Pt. 3

My mentee is shy. In a room of young people just like him his voice drowns. In fact he doesn’t contribute at all. He says he prefers to let the other kids lead – they know more than he does. 

During a game of chess, he comes out of his shell. His knight corners my queen just as I sacrificed my bishop to lure his king. It’s checkmate. This is the third time he’s beaten me since we’ve started to play a few weeks ago. We high five in a rush of emotion. He does a quick sprint around his chair and another little dance. Winning puts a sparkle in his eye. 

In each game he uses a different strategy to manipulate my army and gain my surrender.  He gets it. There is more than one way to reach your goal. 


Would you like to spend one hour a week making a difference in the life of a young person? Ask me about joining SAYes mentoring. This year we will be trialling a remote mentoring programme until it’s safe to meet in person again.

Sivu Nobongoza – Transition Specialist

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