The EmployMentor project was a Microsoft Global Finance Community Impact initiative implemented in Kenya in partnership with The African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT). The goal of the project was to enable 150 young women graduates/near graduates of Computer Science, Information Technology, Business Information Technology and Software Engineering from public/private universities in Kenya to succeed in job placements and entrepreneurship endeavours via Skype 1:1 mentorship, a week-long face to face training dubbed “the EmployMentor week” coupled with post training job placement support.
The one-week long project attracted a total of 376 young women from 26 public/private universities in Kenya. A few applications were received from universities within Eastern Africa region, India and the United Kingdom. Only 150 applicants from Kenyan universities were selected to join the program. The EmployMentor Week was implemented at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.
First, am so much grateful for the opportunity that you organization gave me to undertake the training. It has built me in various dimension, of which the impact will be noted in my daily life.
Second, I appreciate the hospitality that I got as a person. Accommodation that I received together with my child and the one who was taking care of him was splendid. May God bless you abundantly. The first day I got discouraged but you gave me a reason to move on. May our Good God see you through all your endeavours.
I just want to express my gratitude for the week we had during the Microsoft EmployMentor workshop. You did an incredible job in organizing this event. Communication was efficient and you are so kind with a great understanding. The program was like no other and it was a dream come true for me and I believe to my colleagues as well. ACWICT is the organization which will help us young women discover our potential and exploit it to the fullest. You have an amazing team which made the whole program successful and what we learnt from the program will go a long way in our career. Thank you very much Anne and am honored to have met a unique and talented woman in our society. You are one of the very few women we can look up to in our country. All the best and God bless you.”
I would like to say thank you for the opportunity you gave us to be part of the EmployMentor training. It was one of the best experiences in my life. The knowledge I tapped from my mentor and teammates will go a long way, all I can say is that I was Completely Satisfied… Thank you
I appreciate the chance you gave us to participate in the mentor-ship program. It was a beneficial event where we learnt a lot and also we were able to socialize with each other. Thank you for hosting us.
Before the EmployMentor workshop at K.U, I thought I knew it all. I could not stand another person having a separate opinion from me despite having the wrong format for my C.V and not being able to express myself well. These are the seeds of change and hope that you planted in my life. The sessions were life changing. Saying "Thank you" to you and ACWICT may not fully express my gratitude. Thank you, Thank you and Thank you always. May God continuously bless each one of you. I can confidently say that I am now a better person. I am working on my resume and above all, I can understand and work better with people of different opinions from mine to come up with the best solution.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful opportunity provided by ACWICT in collaboration with Microsoft. I really learnt a lot and hope to apply everything I learnt during the training in the real world.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for letting me join the Microsoft Mentor programme. It was such an eye opener since I was able to learn and acquire skills that I wouldn't get from anywhere else.
I appreciate the good work you did in the EmployMentor week. I learnt alot through all the sessions. It was such an enlighting period. I could not believe that we can do so much within four days. My heartfelt gratitude.
I was a mentee at the just concluded EmployMentor Workshop. I would just like to say God bless you and Madam Constantine and ACWICT for the opportunity you afforded me. I am in awe of you and will never repay the knowledge, confidence and best experience a young woman can ever hope to gain and be impacted with.
On behalf of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology,i take this opportunity to thank you and your entire team for the amazing workshop you organized.It was really motivating and i got to learn more skills and ideas from the mentors.It also provided me a chance for socializing with my peers from different universities .It was indeed great!May God bless you as you continue to transform the lives of Kenyan women through ICT
I am appreciative for the time and energy the Microsoft team spent to mentor us.The work you do as ACWICT really impacts lives and I can only hope that the impact you make creates a chain reaction in others lives to do the same! Thank you so much for letting me be part of that experience with you! I can’t wait to be part of such events again in the future. I believe the knowledge and wisdom imparted upon me will be a great help throughout my career. Thank you for empowering me and stretching me to dream bigger things that I could never think to accomplish! It was so much fun to work with you and take on new challenge! I was constantly inspired by ACWICT willingness to serve other women, your selflessness to help others, and your enthusiasm in everything you do. And it especially opened my eyes to see things differently .I truly appreciate everything i have learnt from you people. It will forever remain a major contributor behind my success and achievements. I really look forward for the day i can do the same to someone else. Thank you, once again.
Dear Microsoft and ACWICT Teams, Thank you for the well-organized workshop that provided us with a golden chance to interact with our mentors and fellow young women in ICT, to learn about entrepreneurship and employability. I especially appreciate the information and advice provided to us during the learning sessions. The information was of much value to me and will go a long way in impacting the female students I interact with on a day to day basis in my work environment as a teaching assistant. Again, thank you so much. I greatly appreciate your generosity.
I hope you are doing well. Would like to appreciate you for having mentoredme in the ACWICT workshop. May God bless you so much and looking forward to hear from you.
I was one of the participants in the EmployMentor project. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation for the time that you took to organize such a successful event for us. I got to learn a lot and I will surely pass on the knowledge to others who did not get to be part of the programme. Please pass my appreciation to your entire team as well. I am looking forward to other future opportunities with ACWICT. Thank you.
Faith Karimi Mbogo
I would really like to pass my gratitude for having selected me as one of the mentees for the Employ Mentor Workshop. I really learnt a lot and got my skills polished.
I must say that the training has impacted my life positively. Thanks to you and your team for the good work you are doing in a girl child. I have carefully rewritten my CV keenly following what our mentors from Microsoft taught me. I hope to meet you and your team once more. You are truly a blessing to me and my career.