The Cedar Mentorship program is a 3 faceted program that serves to connect secondary school pupils and teenagers (ages 13-19) in Nigeria with adult Nigerian professionals locally and in the diaspora.
The name Cedar was chosen because of the Cedar tree. Just like the Cedar tree grows downwards (in that it takes its root downwards, deeper than other trees), the Cedar Mentorship Program is fundamentally taking our Mentees through the process and showing them the best way to take root. In their personal and professional lives because that is the only way they can shine and be outstanding.
The Mentorship Program is a depth/character training program. The Cedar tree has other characteristics but the most important characteristic is that it has posterity and prosperity. In the sense that even when our Mentees are no more, their impact would still be felt on earth.
The Cedar Mentorship Program is a program of the One Act of Peace Initiative (www.actofpeace.org) which was started in Abuja, Nigeria in April 2013. The objective of the Mentorship program is to have Mentors share stories, advice, offer support and guidance in academic achievement, vocational and career direction, social life improvement, and business generation.
Teenagers of today must cope with far more personal and social pressures than any other previous generation of youth. Early intervention through a structured mentor relationship may be able to give young people the tools and support they need to deal effectively with these pressures. Some of the issues teenagers deal with include: peer pressure, substance abuse, sexuality, child abuse and family violence, school safety and violence, depression and suicide, nutrition and healthcare, faith and religion, social and time management, and career exploration.
Our mission is to improve the lives of teenagers and enable them to become productive, responsible citizens by creating one-to-one mentoring relationships between them and qualified adult volunteers.
Our vision is to create a community where each teenager has a balanced view of themselves and a defined purpose for their lives, understanding that they have a role to play in the world. We do this through our 3 faceted program.