Mentors in the US Alumni Association of Ghana (UGSHAA) reiterate the need for young people to be trained in education and careers.
They said the lessons would make them better people who would effectively contribute to nation-building.
Ohenyere Gifty Anti, Virginia Ginny Elliot and Lt. Kofi Amponsah Duodu all emphasized the essence of career development mentoring in an interview with the Ghana News Agency.
The first cohort of 50 (25 mentors and 25 mentees) is part of a group of 3,000 members of the Ghanaian Association who will receive two years of training in educational, cultural and professional exchange programs from the USA.
Ohenyere Gifty Anti, the patron of the mentoring program, said leaders should sacrifice themselves to lead young people to become the creators of the nation. He said: “We have to sacrifice [for them] and commit to mentoring them. It’s difficult, exhausting and time-consuming, but that’s what makes Ghana a better place for all of us.”
He added: “We need to learn from each other [as mentors and trustees] because today’s young people are not like the young people of my time. There are a lot of things we need to know about them.”
Lieutenant Duodu, a mentor, said it was important “that teachers adapt to the wards and not impose their faith on the people. The wards should not go to their teachers either. With a wish list.”
He called on young people to invest in self-improvement and warned them against “getting rich quick.”
“Go through a difficult process and the only shortcut to it is to let the teachers guide you on their way to achieving what you want to achieve. There is no quick solution to achieve this in life.”
Ms. Elliot, a public affairs consultant at the US Embassy in Ghana, called on program recipients to “show their potential, promote and find the strength of the Association in their professional careers.”
He said the mentoring program was part of efforts to deepen relations between Ghana and the United States and promised the embassy support to continue it. Ms. Feruzah Wuniche Salisu, Secretary of Projects and Programs, USGHAA, said the program aims to create a platform where young graduates use their career experience and professional members of the Association to improve their lives.
He said they hoped the mentoring program, which was launched over the weekend in Accra, would allow young graduates to gain more skills from their teachers.