During the initial period, mentors act as more of a teacher, providing exercises and insight into how to improve the student’s ability in each skillset. As the code dust program continues, the mentors help students put these skills into practice through developing a basic app. As the code dust program comes to an end, mentors help students develop a plan as to how best to apply these new skills to their personal situation.
Many of the mentees are looking to improve their own communities. They, therefore, request mentors help develop an app or a program that can be used by others in Kakuma. Others look for job opportunities online. Here mentors would help provide guidance on how to build a web presence and offer their skills in an effective way. In some cases, the mentee is not yet sure how best to utilize these new skills and turns to the mentor for more general advice.
Each relationship is unique and builds over time. The time offered by mentors can be truly life-changing for those driven students selected for the program.