The future of every society generally depends on the welfare and wellbeing of its youth. World leaders in our times have often complained about the bleakness of our future because of the growing indiscipline among today’s youth. Among other arguments, this has largely been attributed to the lack of role models and mentors in our societies. Mentoring is an old age method for positive youth development and a strategy that provides support for economic growth which is particularly imperative in today’s global economy driven by knowledge and innovation. The bulk of the population who are most affected by the results of this indiscipline are females in our societies; from substance abuse, unsafe abortion, teenage pregnancy and eventually dropping out of school. This is because of the perceived vulnerability and disadvantages associated with being a female in most cultures around the globe.
With this in mind the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation has instituted the “Ladies of Tomorrow (LOT) Mentorship Program for Girls”. The LOT Program is targeted at high school girls in the second cycle institutions.
The 2015 edition of the mentorship program was piloted this year at the St. Louis Senior High School in Kumasi. In all 1700 students benefitted from the program. The beneficiaries were addressed by some selected resource persons who educated them on various topics to enable them become women of substance in the near future. They were advised on the importance of setting future career goals and ways of working towards achieving those set goals, the importance of decency as a young woman and how to ensure proper hygiene during menstruation. At the end of the program they were supplied with exercise books and pens.