Overview of Mentorship

The APn mentorship initiative aims to coordinate professionals with Afghan students in order to raise students awareness of, and aspirations around, their own future working life, and to better equip them to meet their goals. The overriding objective is to offer a positive influence on the students at a personal level from elder, exemplary members of their community, while simultaneously providing them exposure to various professions and an open, risk-free environment within which they may develop.

Benefits of Mentorship

Benefits for Mentees
Being mentored is one of the most valuable and effective development opportunities one can undertake. Having the guidance, encouragement and support of a trusted and experienced mentor can provide a mentee with a broad range of personal and professional benefits, which ultimately lead to improved performance in the home, school and workplace.

For mentees, some key benefits include:
● exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking;
● advice on developing strengths and overcoming weaknesses;
● guidance on professional development and advancement; and
● the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge.

Benefits for Mentors
Mentoring is more than the transfer of advice, knowledge and insights. The relationship offers reciprocal benefits for mentors willing to invest their time in developing another professional. As well as the personal satisfaction of sharing their skills and experience with a willing learner, being involved in mentoring also provides some tangible benefits that can reward mentors professionally.

Some key benefits for mentors include:
● recognition as a subject matter expert and leader;
● exposure to fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches;
● extension of their professional development record;
● opportunity to reflect on their own goals and practices; and
● development of their personal leadership and coaching styles (1).

Roles and Responsibilities
APn is responsible for all mentorship activities including matching, coordinating and managing the relationship between the mentor and mentee.

Role of Mentee
● Attend orientation, mentor/mentee meetings and any other scheduled mentoring events.
● Establish the skills, knowledge and/or goals that you want to achieve at the onset of mentorship.
● Be cooperative and generally have a positive attitude.
● Accept feedback graciously.
● Be consistent and reliable.
● Accept responsibility for the mentorship by calling the mentor and initiating contact for meetings.

Role of Mentor
● Attend orientation, mentor/mentee meetings and any other scheduled mentoring events.
● Create a positive mentoring relationship with open communication.
● Establish clear expectations for yourself and the mentee.
● Assist in setting goals with milestones and deliverables.
● Maintain confidentiality.
● Support, guide and encourage.
● Provide constructive assessments and guide mentee to solutions.

Connecting Mentees to Mentors
APn team will provide all mentees with a questionnaire to specify their requirements and interests which in turn will help the APn team coordinate a good match. APn team will then propose that match to the mentee and if it is agreed upon, the APn will facilitate the initial meeting.

Time Requirement
APn requires 1 hour each month from both mentor and mentee to focus on the mentorship. Other sessions may be scheduled at the discretion of the mentor and mentee. Participants are urged to frequently check-in with each other via informal phone calls or emails.

Duration of Mentorship
The mentor and mentee will establish the mentorship period. APn hopes that lifelong bonds are made through this programme, but understand that the needs and desires of mentee/mentor can change in the process.

APn will send out two questionnaires (one at the midway point and one towards the end of the mentorship) to the mentor/mentee to assess their relationship and progress . These questions can be answered together. APn will also periodically send out a survey to the participants to assess that the organization’s aims are met.

How to become a mentor or a mentee?
If you are interested to become a mentor or a mentee please complete the form below.




If you find it difficult to submit the online form above , you may download, complete and email following form to: mentorships@afghanprofessionals.net: Mentor Questionnaire

Mentorship Team


Barin Sultani Haymon

Based in London, Barin Sultani Haymon has a background in the nonprofit sector, having served in a variety of functions at organisations across the US and the UK. Recently, she has been involved as an independent researcher on projects dealing with social and economic issues in Afghanistan. Her experience in...

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