According to a man called Metere, “Success is not an illusion or far-fetched, because once you make that connection with someone who has been through what you are going through, you will gain the knowledge he has gained and not make the same mistakes he made.”
A mentor is a person or friend that guides a less experienced person, by building trust and modeling positive behaviors. Therefore, mentorship is a period of time during which, a person receives guidance from a mentor.
There is need for an effective youth empowerment program, to involve mentors from different fields; preventing the new generation of entrepreneurs from making similar mistakes as the past ones who failed to actualize their potentials.
According to Wikipedia, “entrepreneurship is the process of designing, launching and running a new business, which typically begins as a small business, such as a startup company, offering a product, process or service for sale or hire.”
This means starting or engaging in something that is practically new to a person. Such a person might have learnt of it theoretically, but practicing such a venture could appear dicey.
Most of the youths that have been recently empowered by Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations, are fresh graduates from various Universities who are going into fields (agriculture, fashion, transportation, etc.) with little or no technical knowledge. The odds are stacked up against them, while failure is not an option.
To avoid failure, there is a need for proper mentorship, aimed towards building a strong, new generation of entrepreneurs; while laying the foundation for the growth of future ones. What other way to learn, than from someone who has garnered experience from a desired field? A mentor has been through it all, and knows the best steps to take in order to maximize success rate.
Therefore, successful people from all works of life are expected to be involved in youth empowerment programs, to mentor the new entrepreneurs and make them better.
Mentorship is not a day event, but a process that should last for at least one year, attached to periodic follow-up and supervision. It is a continuous means of motivating young entrepreneurs to aim for the greatest heights and never give up in the face of adversity.
Doing this will make the dream of having an independent, wealthy youth population a reality.