1 in 3 young people will grow up without a mentor (Mentor, 2016). Mentorthon is a annual countrywide call for professionals, corporates, entrepreneurs and leaders to volunteer 42 hours of their time to mentor high school students. Daily Nation reported increase in Teenage Sex with over 23% of girls under 18 falling pregnant, 55% of all high school students having tried drugs and alcohol and well over 300 schools out of 5,000 schools experiencing massive strikes contributing to high dropout rate. Kenya Vision 2030 considers that one of the biggest challenges in education lies in improving overall transition rates, particularly from secondary to tertiary levels currently at 3% and also changing attitudes and behaviors of students. Aside all these benefits, mentorship also offers an opportunity for professionals and corporate to Pay Forward To the Next Generation the Lessons We Have Learnt on our Journey at Life.
The 2 day 2016 Mentorthon: Elgeyo Marakwet County Edition attracted 40 mentors from 12 corporates including KCC, Transnational Bank, Sasini, Jamii Telecom, Longhorn Publishers, Elgeyo Marakwet County Government among others and its efforts impacted directly on over 4,000 students .