Elmimag Mentoring Programme

Elmimag.com is launching a mentoring programme for Somali students aged 13 to 19 in Wandsworth.

We are looking for Somali professionals different job roles to join our mentoring programme. For more information keep reading.


“EMP aims to help young Somali students in Wandsworth reach their full potential.”

  • To improve the performance level of Somali students in selected schools.
  • To increase the number of Somali students who go into further education.
  • To improve Somali students’ attitudes towards their education and future.
  • Increase the number of Somali students that select their own subjects for A-Levels and University. 

  • Work with school and book motivational assemblies for the mentors to address the students.
  • Create a page in Elmimag where students can browse informal videos of Somali professions in a verity of careers.
  • Match mentors to students and set up a plan of contact and action.
  • Set up work experiences placements in fields that suit the student’s interests.
  • Give Somali parents a better understanding of all the different successful careers their child can go into.
  • Liaise with parents and teachers to keep track of student’s performance.

According to the Wandsworth '2013 Annual Quality and Standards Report' Somali students performed worse than all other students in 2013.

Looking at the results above it is clear that there is a need for an alternative project, which equips the Somali youth with the tools they need to succeed in school and their future.

The Somali youth are at a disadvantage due to the lack of role models. Most Somali young people are from first generation immigrant families, which mean that their parents don't speak English. This makes it difficult for the to have an understanding of the UK educational system.

As a result the child misses out on advice on which subjects they should choose for GCSE's, A-Levels, what career routes they can take with their interests and skills.

It is also common that the parents find it difficult to help their child build their confidence, stay focused and motivated throughout their studies.

Elmimag Mentoring Programme (EMP) aims to create change; this is how we plan to do so and how you can help.

Schools and Parents

Elmimag Mentoring Programme (EMP) has been set up with the aim to work with schools and parents to put forward Somali young people who are under performing in schools, lack self confidence and motivation.

Somali Professionals

EMP will put together a network of successful Somali professionals in diverse fields and invite them to be role models for these under achieving young Somalis.

There are three different ways you can be a mentor in EMP:

Video Mentor

Selected mentors will record a video, which will give students more information on their career and what path they took to get to where they are. Here are some of the questions that will be covered in the video:
  • What personal characteristics does someone need in order to do well in your field?
  • Information on the job that they do, and day-to-day activities.
  • What did you do other then your studies that helped you with your job?
  • What A-Levels did you study and what advice you would give to students when selecting their subjects?
  • What university did you study at and what degree did you choose? Would you advice others to choose the same?
Direct Mentoring

Once the professionals do their video they have an option if they want to go a step further and be a direct mentor.

The professional will list their availability and choose which form of contact they prefer, from the list; Skype, email, meetings, trips, and so on.

The Elmimag team will then connect the mentors and students using criteria's such us job role, similar interests, location, etc. Once a match is selected Elmimag will contact the student's parents, for plan of action.

Work Placements / Shadowing

The third way the professionals can help their mentees is by organising either work experience placement over the summer break or an opportunity for the student to shadow the professional for a day in their work place.

If you would like to get involved and be a ‘Video Mentor’ or a ‘Direct Mentor’ please contact Sadiya on elmimagazine@gmail.com


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