I am extremely proud of the collaborative approach of Mentors International with other NGO’s and learning institutions. This attitude was already in place when I came on board, and from my perspective – it’s sorely needed among the charitable organizations throughout the world. As a whole – we need to stop duplicating efforts and start multiplying synergies. But…that’s a post for another day (now getting down from my soapbox).
I could not be more proud of, or pleased with the collaboration we have with the Utah State University – Jon M. Huntsman Business School – S.E.E.D. program. S.E.E.D. an acronym for Small Enterprise Education and Development is an award-winning and globally recognized program with an immense social impact – while powerfully preparing students for top notch positions in the business world post-graduation.
After undergoing a very rigorous selection process, requiring language skills, interpersonal relationship skills, clear proactivity, business development experience and a willingness to serve others, students – across all majors – are selected to participate in the program. BTW – students from other universities can apply for the program as well. Prior to going to their assigned countries, they are required to take classes from the USU Huntsman School of Business wherein they learn basic mentoring techniques related to small business creation. They are armed with the information they will need to mentor the extremely impoverished, who either want to improve a business they already have or create one they’ve always dreamed of.
These students are the best of the best! They work hand in hand with our in-field staff to provide a financial infusion (if needed) and vital training to help those they serve to learn the habits, skills, and practices necessary to escape poverty and achieve lasting self-reliance.
That’s the textbook description of their day to day impact. But the underlying and likely most important impact is – they are lovingly, consistently, energetically and amazingly infusing those they serve with confidence in themselves and profound hope for their families and children. Confidence and hope – there could never be a more powerful result.
We at Mentors International feel deeply privileged that USU selected us as their partner in this life-changing program (for all people served and students alike). They have allowed us to multiply our collective synergies in an exponential way to lift the individual lives of the poorest of the poor around the world.
Good SEED’s grow into mighty trees that give great fruit abundantly.
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