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Last Updated on August 14, 2019

Operation In state

  • Pan India
 

Thematic Areas

  • CSR and Sustainability
  • Education and Employment
  • Orphanages
 
 

Tax Compliance Eligibility

  • 80G (for 50% tax benefits)
  • 12 A (Tax exemption for NGO income)
  • FCRA (Eligible for international funding)
 
 

Mentor Me India

Verified Organization

Established In 2013


61 F , DN Road, Kurla East , Mumbai Bombay , Maharashtra , 400024

About The Organization

 

Established on September 25, 2013, Mentor Me India is a one-to-one community-based mentorship program, similar to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in the USA, but carefully tailored to the Indian context. MMI looks to provide children with role-models in the form of a mentor. Starting at the critical age of 9 years old, when children are both vulnerable, as well as more receptive to guidance, MMI's program matches them with a carefully-recruited volunteers and supports their mentoring relationship. The program is meant to benefit the child by improving their self-confidence, providing support and guidance through a mentor and encouraging them to explore their dreams.


We recruit mentors through our corporate partners, social media outlets, alumni groups and personal networks. Our mentees come from local non-profit organizations and schools in low-income communities, and are selected based on teacher recommendations. After recruitment, we conduct intensive training and hold sessions for parents. Mentors learn about Social Emotional Learning, which is the foundation of our curriculum. This is followed by a kick-off session, which is the beginning of the mentor-mentee one-on-one meetings. Mentors meet their mentees biweekly, doing activities together and building a relationship. Every two months, we plan a group mentoring session at each of our centres, with activities based on our curriculum. MMI actively facilitates the mentor-mentee relationship for one year, and then the mentor-mentee pair are expected to continue to meet independently for another six months.

 

Special Features Of The Organization

 

Mentoring is an intervention allows the child to have a role model who is able to guide their understanding of choices and their outcomes. To design this program, we asked ourselves, ‘what if each child could receive access to one qualified, trustworthy adult who they could depend on as a friend, role model or guide?’ MMI's focus is exclusively on mentoring younger children through a one-to-one relationship within a community setting, which results in the child having a role model to look out for him/her within their natural setting. While many interventions focus on developing specific skill sets in children, MMI’s program aims toward holistic development in the child. Mentoring enables him/her to unlock potential, whichever field it may lie in, while also socialising the child and equipping him/her to deal with a wide range of challenges s/he may face in her environment. https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

 

Why Should A Corporate Partner With Organization?

 

Mentor Me India works with children from age 9 to 14. Children between the ages of 9 and 14 are in need of the most guidance, spanning across social, emotional and educational areas of their lives. This age group is striving for a balanced life at home and trying to define their identity in the outside world. Children under the age of 9 are developing logical frameworks and look at their family and immediate surroundings for support, whereas adolescents above the age of 14 are at a stage where their identities are defined and are challenging to mold. 


We chose to work with children between 9 and 14 to help their holistic development with the support of a role-model. Children at MMI are from low socio-economic backgrounds with parents/guardians who work in blue collar jobs or are daily wage labourers. We partner with low-income private schools, shelter homes and orphanages, and these establishments identify children who would benefit the most from mentoring. As a norm, MMI does not distinguish children based on academic performance, learning disability or any other filter for mentoring. We believe all children need mentoring and take in as many children in the program as possible depending on capacity. 


In the last five years, MMI has partnered with multiple corporates naming L&T, eClerx, All Cargo Logistics etc. Our corporate partners are our stakeholders and we engage them throughout our program. We believe that the corporate partner is a part of our journey and can support us to reach our impact goals. 

 

Chief Functionary

Name :  
Vishakha Kulkarni
 
Designation :  
CEO
 
Email :  
vishakha@mentormeindia.org
 
 

Contact

Name :  
Vishakha Kulkarni
 
Designation :  
CEO
 
Email 1 :  
vishakha@mentormeindia.org
 
Phone :  
 
 

CSR Projects of Organisation

L&T - Mentoring 100 beneficiaries in Powai
Project Type: CSR
L&T and MMI partnered to engage 100 beneficiaries in Powai area. In Powai, we picked Green Lawns....
 
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