Kaleidoscope Initiative asked past mentees and mentors from the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program to share their experiences, benefits and successes from the participating in the program. Participants also provided a selfie photograph of themselves so you can see the many different faces of KMP mentees and mentors.
We asked mentee Agnes Mwaura about her experiences:
What were the benefits/values you gained from participating in the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?
I was exposed to great mentorship that enabled me to adjust my skills, thinking and behaviour to be able to thrive in the Australian environment. From the knowledge acquired I was able to face the job market from a different perspective and the results were immediate.
Were there any skills that you gained from taking part in KMP?
Thriving in a multicultural environment
How do you feel about your profession now, after completing the Program?
I am confident in meeting the requirements of the industry.
I am able to meet the required standards and to make my contribution in a way that impacts positively to my employer.
Did participating in the program expand your community networks or knowledge in a particular area?
Yes I was able to acquire a lot of knowledge about the industry and what is required to not only get a job but also thrive in the industry.
In what ways does Kaleidoscope contribute to the community?
By giving mentees an opportunity to be exposed to mentors who not only have industry knowledge but also have a passion for community. The mentees acquire skills that enable them secure jobs or start businesses. In return they are able to support themselves, their families, contribute to the economy and become active community members.
APPLY NOW to become a mentee or mentor for the next mentoring cycle running from July to October 2020. Applications are open between 1 and 31 of May.
The City of Stirling’s Kaleidoscope Initiative aims to harness the economic benefits of its diverse population by helping newcomers to Australia secure employment in their field of expertise and support employers to benefit from this diverse workforce.
The Kaleidoscope Initiative has been funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Cultural Industries of Western Australia, the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the Office of Multicultural Interests. This project has been developed in partnership with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).