A living, functioning network – The ANLP Alumni
On Sunday 10th March 2019, the Mentorship & Networking Committee of the African Nutrition Leadership Programme hosted the Mentorship Workshop. As a committee, we decided to be INNOVATIVE and UNFORGETABLE, just as we had been taught during the leadership and communications training sessions.
For mentorship to take place there needs to be mentors and mentees. In our case, the ANLP delegates were the mentees and we found ourselves needing mentors. Those who will support us, questions us, hold us accountable and challenge us. That is when we got our “Aaah-Haaa moment”. We decided to involve the over 400 ANLP Alumni in our workshop. Yes, even if they are scattered across the continent and even the world, we wanted to draw on them. We posted our request on the ANLP Facebook Page. We asked the Alumni to record a 3-minute video on their mentorship experiences and send to us. We were not sure of anyone would respond! We were so humbled and super excited to get a response from a number of experienced nutrition leaders who were willing to be part of our ANLP experience. We take this opportunity to convey special thanks to Nonsi Mathe, Katie Perreira, Bianca van der Westhuizen, Arthur Pagiwa and Wise Letsa who submitted videos – we felt their presence in the room. Also thanks to Averalda who took the time to write us a message as she was travelling and to the many other Alumni who have posted messages of encouragement on the Facebook page and been reading the daily blog. Below are few pictures of the ANLP delegates paying great attention to what our mentors had to say about mentorship.
Our greatest take-away from the workshop, and most importantly hearing the mentorship experience from the ANLP Alumni, is the fact that we need to transform the ANLP Alumni to being a living, functioning network. You might be wondering how when we are scattered and don’t all know each other? The Mentorship & Networking Committee and the Strategic Communications Committee of the ANLP 2019 version 1 have joined forces to brainstorm how to make the talk - that we believe has been spoken each year - a reality. Jointly, we have made a pact to champion the formation of the ANLP Alumni Mentorship Programme. The action oriented team are are: Neema Lugangira (Tanzania), Bernadette Chimera (Malawi), Macky Kyusa (DRC) and Elizabeth Buluku (Kenya). What happens next is a little shake-up in the ANLP Alumni. Are you ready? You better buckle up and get ready to enjoy the ride.
The ANLP Alumni Mentorship Programme will involve:
1. Alumni contacts with clear indication of name, expertise area and email contacts so that members who are potential mentees can freely contact other members who are potential mentors.
2. Quarterly Alumni webinars on a relevant topic, where experienced Alumni will be asked to be the main speakers.
4. Be active contributors to the ANLP quarterly newsletter- The Leader.
5. Be active on the ANLP Facebook page.
6. Nutrition communication via strategic messages and representation on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We noted that about 90% of the ANLP delegates were not active on any of these social media platforms and we wonder how many of the ANLP Alumni are? Nonetheless, we call upon all ANLP Alumni to have a social media presence and to share their social media handles (not personal ones of course) with the ANLP so that the same information can be updated on the ANLP Alumni contact list that we are going to prepare. #ANLP will become used and known!
ANLP Alumni it is time we all embrace this 1st order change and remember Rule No. 6. This includes the ANLP version 1 delegates as we are now only two days away from joining the ANLP Alumni Family!
THIS IS OUR CALL TO ACTION.