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Cherry and Her Mentee Learn More About Money

Last week my mentee and I attended the final session in a set of three SAYes finance workshops run by Mike Purvis, a financial advisor and former SAYes mentor. Budgeting was the final theme and while it was a crucial

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Cherry and Her Mentee Attend a SAYes Finance Workshop

Last week my mentee and I attended a SAYes finance workshop that was specifically aimed at young people who are about to leave the group home environment or who are already living independently. These are youth who might have jobs,

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Cherry and Her Mentee Attend the Second KTO

This past Saturday I went to the second Key Transition Outcome (KTO) workshop with my mentee. Despite the unseasonably warm weather that drew most Capetonians to the beach that day, the workshop was well attended by matched mentors and mentees.

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Cherry and the Two Worlds of Her Mentee

Seventeen is not an easy age for anyone. Now imagine you’re not living with your parents or siblings or anyone related to you. In fact, you’re staying in a group home away from everything that feels like what you know.

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Cherry’s Mentee: School Holidays, Setting Goals and Singing

We are right in the middle of school holidays at the moment so getting together with my mentee has been tricky. Planning meetings while she’s visiting her family is difficult because she doesn’t have a cell phone, so I can’t

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Cherry’s Mentee Attends Her First KTO Workshop

Last weekend was the first 2016 Key Transition Outcome (KTO) workshop held by SAYes in Rondebosch. These two‑hour workshops happen once a month and are attended by the matched mentees and mentors. While the workshops aren’t mandatory, they are clearly

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The First Key Transition Outcome Workshop, 2016

On Saturday 12 March SAYes held its first Key Transition Outcome (KTO) workshop. This workshop focused on the achievement domain of Education and Learning which introduced the mentees and mentors (the matches) to various possibilities available to them when engaging

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Cherry’s First Meeting With Her Mentee

I approached our first meeting with an entirely open mind. I knew not to get carried away by thoughts of how other mentors have experienced this journey, or to dwell on my own expectations. Still, I was blown away. She’s

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Cherry Prepares To Meet Her Mentee

Yesterday, I was able to meet with one of the caregivers at the children’s home where my mentee stays in Woodstock. The caregiver provided me with useful background information about the home. We went over the house policies, and I

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Mentor Cherry Reports Her Successful Match

Last week, following the SAYes TIL training, I was sent an email congratulating me on a successful match with a young woman. The email included the young woman’s name, age and the partnering home where she stays. When I opened

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