At the age of 25, Olha Ruda founded 10:11 – a mentorship program for high school students in Ukraine or who have fled the country. From a one-person show to now having over 150 mentors, they’ve delivered more than 1300 hours of mentoring. 

In this episode you’ll get to hear a snippet of an insightful session lead by Olha at our 2023 Youth Mentor Conference. You’ll hear: 

  • How she started by herself and grew to a team of over 150 mentors
  • Their process of application, mentor and mentee matching and supporting everyone 
  • How they grew their community quickly 
  • How they ensure mentees feel valued 
  • Her plans for growth going forward


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[00:00:00] And this is interesting because that happened with the start of the war. So during the first couple of months of the war, because we realized that actually many more high school students became really lost war, just added this amount of uncertainty. Um, to the life that was already full of, you know, decisions, expectations, also other kind of uncertainty.

[00:00:28] Uh, so many more high school students would be willing or could benefit from personal mentorship experience. And that’s when we thought about basically opening and open online form that every high school student regardless of where they are in a country or even abroad, if they fled could fill in and come to us to get their personal mentor.

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Hello and welcome to the youth mentor podcast. I’m Amanda rootsy, founder of shine from within where we’ve been supporting teenagers and the adults around them since 2012. I believe every teen needs a mentor in their life. And this podcast is to support the mentors, educators, coaches, parents, and anyone who has a teenager or a tween in their life. From lived experience stories to practical advice on how to hold a more inclusive and nurturing space for teens.

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[00:01:18] It’s your short burst of inspiration and motivation to keep showing up. Listening, co-creating with compassion and holding space for the magical teens and tweens around us.

[00:01:29] At the age of 25 Olha Ruda founded 10:11 a mentorship program for high school students all over Ukraine. She did this in the midst of a war. She started with no financial or otherwise remarkable resources just to herself or freezer room account, and reached out to the school that she graduated from to start mentoring some students. Now it’s grown to having over 150 mentors matched with high school students in Ukraine or displaced in another country due to the war. One of the things that Olha has done really well is grow their community quickly and she shared her story of starting the program, expanding the program. The kind of nitty-gritty details of how it all works and how she grew this community with us at the 2023 youth mentor conference back in February.

[00:02:15] So this episode is a snippet of that session. Quite a long snippet. It’s pretty much the whole session, but I’ve just. Uh, taken out the bits that referred to the slides that she was showing and things like that. Just to help it flow a little bit, a little bit better for audio only. They’ve delivered over 1300 hours of mentoring. Thousands of mentees personal projects and thousands of messages in telegram chats. 10 11 mentorship on the social impact award Ukraine in 2022. Olha is really generous in sharing how they screen mentors, how they match them with mentees and lots of other things that she’s learned along the way.

[00:02:51] So enjoy this conversation, this session with the incredible Olah.


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[00:02:57] I’m really happy to be here today. Um, it made me think about this time just under a year ago when I attended the previous conference and.

[00:03:08] How many things have changed since then, and I do hope like that was a wonderful conference and I brought so many great insights from there. So I do hope it works in kind of a similar way for everyone who is attending this time. .

[00:03:23] So just deciphering the name a little bit. Uh, grades 10 and 11 are the years of high school in Ukraine.

[00:03:30] So basically after year 11 you would graduate and will have to do a lot of different life decisions that we aim to support high school students with. That’s why we’re called 10 11. It’s interesting though because there is educational reform on the way and we’re gonna get grade 12 as well, and we keep joking that once we get that we’ll have to rename and rebrand the entire program.

[00:03:57] Um, but before we get to that, we’re gonna stay 10 11 for now. Um, so you already know I founded around, uh, 10 11 membership program. I did that in 2020. So when you synchronized the timeline in your head, you would notice that this.

[00:04:17] I met Covid ranging, so people basically stuck in their homes and we’re an entirely online. Program. That means that our mentors and our mentees communicate through different digital means, like Zoom sometimes over the phone as well. And we’re gonna get to that. But also I wanted to mention that right now as I’m connecting from London, I’m doing my master’s degree in education and technology at University College London.

[00:04:44] And this is something that also helped me a lot in understanding what we are doing, but also measuring our impact since we’re also working. Technology to deliver mentorship and mentorship is a kind of education, basically no formal education. We’re an online three months personal mentorship program, so this is our core activity and it’s not like we’re doing just that.

[00:05:12] There are different other pieces of activities that we do, like one time events, um, and a course for mentors to become mentors. So mentorship training course. Um, We run also a telegram channel for high school students with different youth opportunities and educational opportunities. So there are a couple of things that we do, but our core, something that we devote most of our time to is this three months online personal mentorship program.

[00:05:42] And by personal I mean that we have one-on-ones. So one mentor. Um, cares after or connects to one mentee, and it’s never different, uh, than that. It’s always one-on-one as we have come to see. This is to be the most impactful way to support a young person on their journey because every young person has a very different story and needs the space for the story to be told and appreciated in a safe space. And we work with Ukrainian high school students. Um, With very different kinds of them. And by this I mean, uh, because of the war, Ukrainian high school students could be the ones who stayed at home, could be the ones who are internally displaced because of the war, could be the ones who fled abroad because of the war.

[00:06:32] And sometimes if we get applications from those who stay under occupation as well, so temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories, we do support those as well. So this is, Very diverse program. And with that I was, I also wanna decide that we make a specific emphasis to attract high school students from areas, uh, that are well called rural, but we would like to call them for people from smaller towns and villages who do not necessarily have access two mentors of their age and our mentors are between 20 and 30 years old as a rule. So of course, every rule has exceptions, and this is true in our case as well. But as a rule, our mentors are young people from 20 to 30 years old. and because of that online connection, we’re able to bring them into every corner of the country, regardless of is it easy or hard to get there?

[00:07:34] Um, how much time the particular person, I mean, mentee has and things like that. So that helps us overcome a lot of, um, a lot of practicalities that otherwise could have stopped.

[00:07:48] Our mentors because every person who joins to mentor a high school student with 10, 11 stays in our community. So it’s not like a one time thing. You come, you go through a process of selection about which we’re gonna talk in the moment, and you stay. So you could mentor a high school student for one cycle, which is three month, and you could stay in community either doing that for the second or third or fourth cycle, or you could take a break and after that break, Come back after a few cycles and do that again.

[00:08:23] So we never push people to take mentees when they’re not ready to or when they need a break, but we are always open for bound to come back, stay in community. And I have to tell you, I do not have an exact number of returnee, so people who volunteer to mentor m n T for a second time, but I guarantee you it’s a considerable amount of people who.

[00:08:49] Break, but then come back. So with that was this ability for mentors to mentor continuously. I think the whole idea of the community started because I know a lot of the programs who engage volunteer mentors, they engage you for a time maybe, and then after that you’re done. And when you want to do it again, Possibly would have to go through the same procedure as you did the previous time.

[00:09:16] Maybe slightly a shorter one because they know a bit more about you now. But this is something different. This is a community that once you entered it, you stay there. And we do upskill our mentors and we update them on any changes that we make. But this means you’re in, once you’re in, you’re. Um, our mentees are part of community as well.

[00:09:38] I guess at some point we realized that once three months are over, they still want to stay in touch. And obviously we do want to stay in touch because mentorship is something that doesn’t necessarily show you the impact right away. So on the last day of the three month, this impact is basically, Um, really extended in time and you have no idea whether the peak impact is going to be right after the mentorship or in a year or in 10 years maybe.

[00:10:11] Who knows? So we would like to stay in touch to see how that worked out for our mentees.

[00:10:17] So as long as we do have motivated, energetic, eager mentors who are willing to take on mentees and voluntarily. On this three month journey of mentorship, that’s until when we exist as a program. And if we do not have those mentors, we would not have the capability of taking on new high school students and providing this mentorship experience to them as well.

[00:10:48] So I think that’s why we concentrate so much on the wellbeing and community building of our 155 mentors.

[00:11:00] Our journey from one person on the team, which is just me, to 44 people who became first mentors, first batch of mentors, and those were people close to me. So basically my network who heard about the idea and wanted to contribute somehow.

[00:11:20] To the realization of it and then to 155 mentors, which we are today.

[00:11:26] I started a program just being me and that’s it. Having no financial or, um, otherwise remarkable resources. Just me, my free Time Zoom account, which I think was not even pro at that time and I was mentoring a group of high school students. At my school. So the idea was for me to basically give back to my community, do something for the high school that I graduated, and make sure that graduates of my high school know about different opportunities that are out there, maybe waiting for them just to come and grab.

[00:12:05] And that group mentorship lasted for about two months, but then when you meet regularly over two months, you see that, um, High school students, teenagers might get a bit bored of just you being the speaking head on their screen all the time. And I started inviting our guests and I saw that really, they’re much more interested in meeting people all the time and hearing about different experiences.

[00:12:34] And that was the point when I decided to write a post on Facebook telling about what I’m doing. Was this program, which was not yet called 10 11, that point. And a lot of people just answered under the post that they would like to stay engaged. They would like to do something if I tell them what is it that they can do.

[00:12:58] And that was the turning point of me realizing that if I have so many willing people to work with high school students, maybe just, maybe I could offer them a group mentorship. For me to them, but personal mentorship for each of them to have a person that cares about their story and asks questions that are specific to them.

[00:13:21] Um, and that’s how we started and gradually came to the number of 44 and it was a hit. Every high school student was so happy with the experience. I guess the key point here was, None or very few of them experienced this amount of attention directed to them, and this time and space was created for them specifically, which was also rarely the case.

[00:13:54] Rarely their experience of their everyday lives, and they just really appreciated that. So that even a course of three month made a difference. So having this 44 people, and remember, those are people I know from somewhere else. Maybe we went to school together, maybe we did some kind of social projects together.

[00:14:16] This is a sandbox, as I love to call it, because those people are really loyal in terms that, uh, if something goes wrong and a lot of things will go wrong, when try to figure out the, the model of the program that everything works smoothly enough. Uh, they’re willing to go with that. They will not be complaining or telling you that this doesn’t work.

[00:14:42] That doesn’t work. They will actually be people giving you feedback and maybe throwing in some ideas how to. Make it so it works better. And at that point, those were the people who suggested some really brilliant solutions to things that, um, we didn’t really know how to fix at that point. So for example, they were the ideologists behind the idea that mentors needs training.

[00:15:08] They gave me feedback that they. Are not really sure how to act in different situations and they would need support. So we started thinking about that. So this community basically takes you on the journey of iterating your program and taking it to the point where you might be satisfied with what you see and might be also satisfied with the numbers.

[00:15:34] Your impact assessment is showing you because we do impact assessment. It is really important for us that we know we’re. Delivering the change. And also we try to iterate and see where does this change lies? So what is causing it? Exactly. Not sure at the moment, but we’re into that. So how did it happen that we went from 44 of us to 155?

[00:16:01] And this is interesting because that happened with the start of the war. So during the first couple of months of the war, because we realized that actually many more high school students became really lost war, just added this amount of uncertainty. Um, to the life that was already full of, you know, decisions, expectations, also other kind of uncertainty.

[00:16:30] Uh, so many more high school students would be willing or could benefit from personal mentorship experience. And that’s when we thought about basically opening and open online form that every high school student regardless of where they are in a country or even abroad, if they fled could fill in and come to us to get their personal mentor.

[00:16:52] But the good question is we did expect a lot of applications in this case, and for every application we would have to have a mentor sitting there and waiting for that person. So that’s where we also opened an open application for our mentors. And you have to imagine that for this kind of selection of mentors, you have to have something in place that will first of all, filter different applications.

[00:17:23] Um, That match your values, that match your idea of who your mentors are, but also you have to have something in place just like our previous mentors mentioned, a course, an education preparation, onboarding. We could call it different names that would take them. On this journey to our community, so that at the beginning of this course, they will just be newbies, new mentors, and at the end of this course, they will be sharing our values, understanding what works and how it works in our community.

[00:18:00] Know everything about our flow of the program and other things like that. So we created a course like that, which we called, um, mentorship Crash Course. Crash Course. Because it’s only three weeks, there is no way possibly that we could call it, you know, a full blown course because three weeks is just a peak into the things that they would do and skills that they would have to have for that.

[00:18:28] But that was something, and that allowed us to create basically the pipeline of how do we attract people to our community, but not only attract, but make them community ready and community relevant in our case. And 155, that’s the number we achieved after having run our crash course for three times. So basically we had three batches of people going through the selection process, which is application, and then taking a three week course to join our community.

[00:19:05] And obviously a lot of people, we got a huge churn. So people do start the journey and they get lost somewhere on the way, especially people who do volunteering and all, all of our mentors are volunteers. Get a bit intimidated by the three week course that they would actually have to put work in before they’re even able to volunteer.

[00:19:31] Um, but we also do see that as our contribution. Towards their development as well. So whether or not they decide at the end, uh, that they are going to proceed and join the community, or if they do not have enough time to go through with the course, they at least get the value of all of the things that we are opening up for them in the course.

[00:19:56] But I think. At the end, it comes down to relatability. They’re able to imagine to picture what this high school student is going through, and that immediately clicks, oh, I might be able to help.

[00:20:11] Um, then the other is about this small group of people that know you, that are very loyal to you in the sense that they would help to develop the idea rather than criticize it too early because, well, early ideas are very fragile and criticism and other things that are not really helpful.

[00:20:37] Um, Just could easily destroy it or take down your motivation because it takes a lot of time to build that. And every encouragement is valuable because it actually helps to keep, helps you to keep going. So having those people who believe in what you’re doing and may be willing to put their time and effort into that early on.

[00:21:04] A tremendous thing, and this is a thing that basically helped me continue doing that for a longer period of time until we got to the idea of opening it up and growing. Then once you’re able to, To accommodate a larger number of people in your community for constant growth. Having a transparent pipeline into the community, a transparent way of how do you get into the community and what are the requirements and what do I have to do, but also what are the rules in the community?

[00:21:46] Do I exit the community if I want to? All of those make it, make this journey visible. And visible means also doable. So more people consider that maybe at some point they might join. And also repeating this pipeline over, over again just gives you the sense that the community has a way of growing constantly, but also gives people the idea that if I probably didn’t make it this time to become a mentor, maybe I’ll make it next time, or I just want to have it at the back of my mind and come back to that whenever I’m ready.

[00:22:26] And we did have mentors who did not pass the course, their first try. But they did attempt again and they made it and later joined the community. So this pipeline, or the course really helps to keep the community growing. And then two last ones are about the management of the community. I know it’s, it’s an entire science and I do not, um, try to break it down completely here, but, um, having in place mechanisms that help to make the community.

[00:23:00] Place to be a very welcoming but also useful part of the life of mentors. And I think in our case, we reached that through three points more or less. Um, first one is diversity. So age wise, our group is quite homogenous. Just like I said, we’re looking for people in between twenties and thirties. But, um, in terms of their professions, in terms of things that they do in life, this is a very diverse community.

[00:23:33] And it just happened so that I’ve seen so many people go to that community, not only for mentorship advice, um, in their personal mentorship case, but also for many other things, um, like personal things that they were looking for a particular. Professional and they just treated this community as a first go-to point to find that professional.

[00:23:54] And that was great. And, and I’ve heard stories of, um, people who just met on the community so they didn’t know each other before and they were doing, um, volunteering or organizing donation drives for the military or doing something like that. And that just struck me like, Great example of how a great community works.

[00:24:15] So it’s not just for me as a community manager, two people in the community, that information, ideas and everything flows, but it’s also in between people in the community. So I don’t have to manage every single interaction. It just flows and happens, and that’s for me, a sign of a very healthy community.

[00:24:34] We do have community meetings. We regularly, actually, monthly bring people together and we do have two options because our mentors, um, are both outside of Ukraine and inside Ukraine. And inside Ukraine. This is like a very large space to be, so people live in different cities. So we have option of online meeting and offline meetings.

[00:24:58] So whenever we can, we do bring people offline together because it’s a very different kind of atmosphere and vibe. And at this point of size in our community, we do start having meeting in different cities in Ukraine, and there are multi. People to come in each city. This is something that we are just trying out because we just got too big for just one city.

[00:25:25] But those meeting proved to be great connection point because you do remember, um, By the looks of it people who are in the community and then you have time to talk to each of them because it doesn’t really happen during Zoom. You basically stay together in talk, um, in group most of the time. And also besides meeting, and this part was diversity.

[00:25:49] We do have merchandise, and as simple as it sounds, I think the feeling of belonging that we create is also through physically sending very small, so very modest packages, but still tokens of our gratitude and attention to our mentors, which is our merchandise. And finally, now all of our merge things are created either by mentors or by mentees.

[00:26:17] So there is a. Personality in that and people love having that, uh, somewhere on their shelves. And well, the final one would be just very humane, understanding that people in their twenties and thirties do want to be accomplished and realized. Whatever they see for themselves happening in their life and we try to be very open to give them space to do just that.

[00:26:48] Um, we did not put in place some kind of system that would help us collect what are the aspirations of our mentors, personal and professional ones to help us, to help us support each one of them with that. But on a more chaotic, natural basis, it does happen so that we’re open to any idea that mentor comes to us with, and those prove to be either publishing an article or physically going to the community ment he leaves and doing some kind of presentation or community work with classmates of that same mentee.

[00:27:29] So it could. Anything that the mentor feels is valuable and important and we could support them with, we’re always open to do that and we do that also for our mentees. We are very open for them to do some kind of project-based activities and when we know that we could do something for them, we also do that.

[00:27:50] And I do feel that people appreciate it. They start treating this community as a place for them to to become the next best thing that they want for themselves and the highlight. Of this bullet point is that entire organizational team that is working right now, and that is me and 10 other people came from our community.

[00:28:15] So they were mentors first or mentees first, and they, they got on the team so they, they felt within themselves this desire to do something more, to be engaged more and become part of the.

[00:28:29] Amazing

[00:28:29] Reflecting in that way, do you think, do you think you would’ve started with that one? Workshop, that one kind of group experience at your school, if you knew how much work it would be at this point, . Oh, I think it definitely would because interestingly enough, I did not imagine it snowball into this full scale national program, but this is something that at this point I do see myself doing going forward and developing it even more.

[00:29:04] I think our great vision right now is to become this organization that is the place. Services, like the hub of services for high school students helping and supporting them with whatever they need. I think one of the closest plans that we’re looking to start is two more mentorship programs that would be very different in length.

[00:29:29] So we would have some kind of mentorship consultations when you would want to meet mentor for only like once or twice. So the mentor would do this like, Goal setting and refinement and reflecting part, but will not go with you on the support through the realization of that phase. Mm-hmm. . And then we want to start, uh, a longer, much longer mentorship program that would be at least one school year.

[00:29:59] This is very ambitious, um, because it takes a lot of work. Just use, just like you said, But I guess it will make us deliver even bigger impact for sure. Um, and also kind of like fill in the gaps, because I do feel that. High school students that we work with have very different needs and somebody needs a more prolonged support and want to continue with that mentor while some are dropping in early, which is a sign that may be a meeting or two would have been enough instead of.

[00:30:35] Three month of interaction. So let’s see how that goes. And at some point we also want to have the course for the parents, um, to talk with them through how they could support their high school students because they are of huge importance in the life of teenagers. And we want to touch base with them too, because at the point we do not work with parents.

[00:31:00] Yeah. Amazing. Wow. That sounds incredible to offer those, those three different lengths of time as well. One thing that stood out for me that I’d love you to expand on a little bit, if you don’t mind, is, um, the mentor and mentee matching process. Like, how do you go through these applications and decide who to pair them with? Or is that kind of random?

[00:31:23] What, how does that part. . Um, that was quite a dilemma for us because there are multiple ways how you could arrange that. Something that we are doing right now and decided that for now it works best for us, is that. Our mentors are picking our mentees, picking and choosing whoever they want to work with, not they other way around.

[00:31:50] And our mentees are not aware of the profiles of the mentors. Actually, profiles of the mentors do not exist in our program, but profiles of the mentees do exist. So basically at some point our mentees fill in a form. That is designed to create their profile, to tell a mentor some information that we believe is important to know upfront When you try to make a decision whether to work with that person or the other. On the basis of that form, we create profiles.

[00:32:25] For mentors to read through and choose from, and after reading, they give us their first, second, and third choice. We don’t do it just one, because then it would be really hard to find good matches. So we do three to have this degree of variation and we do promise them. Either they get one of their three choices or none at all, and we ask them to reconsider or maybe reread or something like that.

[00:32:55] So we never pair a person unless they explicitly asked us to pick somebody for them and they don’t want to go through the reading and all of that. So other than that, we never pair somebody with the person they did not choose, because I think. That the choosing process is basically this buy-in and this, this responsibility sort of for your own choice and, and the person that you chose.

[00:33:25] Um, and after that, we are the ones who are doing the final matching because obviously you will have a lot of people. Placing some, um, wishes that coincide and some mentee would get like five choices from different mentors and then others would get just like one. So organizational team goes through that to sort it through.

[00:33:50] And to be very honest, we do have, um, every time we do have a couple of mentees who get nobody. To pick and choose them from the lot. And that’s what we, um, basically reopen the profiles for mentors and tell them that those a mentees for whom we’re still looking for mentors and maybe somebody in the community that did not think they would do it this time round.

[00:34:20] Go through the profiles and then pick a person. So we almost, all of the times that we did it, we had to reopen the app, the profiles of the mentees that we had. To just stimulate mentors a bit more, uh, because we know that community is large. So there are mentors that probably for some reason did not go through the applications or were just, um, postponing.

[00:34:47] Uh, some people just forget about the deadline, like there’s all sorts of situations. So we were always able to find mentors for each and every mentee. But just organizing that, managing that a little bit was required for sure. That must be, yeah, I can imagine That’s a lot of, a lot of admin like doing that part, getting it all, all connected.

[00:35:15] I think it’s a worth time investment because once you do all of the things, admin things with a lot of intentionality and thought put into that, and you actually deliver very well on each part of that process, you are sure that one. Go into the sea of mentorship through the three month, and that’s the chunk where we have less interaction with them, I would say.

[00:35:45] So they’re more in their own experience of it. Um, you know that they know what to do. They know whom to talk to. If they have different kind of, uh, queries about what is happening, they know, where are the resources that they could read or listen to or watch or something else. They are not shy to go into the community chat and ask, this is the situation, what you would do.

[00:36:12] And we also have a psychologist that they could contact in different kinds of situations. So, , once all the admin work is done properly, you could be more sure that this part of three month, they’re gonna handle it. They’re gonna be all right. So even though you’re ready to support them, that they would be more independent on this way.

[00:36:36] Yeah. Yeah. That’s, um, that’s so beautiful to. Do all that preparation work so that it is a good match and so that they then have a really wonderful experience because they are getting the right support and they’ve got someone who can. Do you feel like the mentors choose their mentees because they see a little bit of themselves in them or they feel like, oh, I kind of know what they’re going through so I feel like I can be helpful with them?

[00:37:03] Is that generally what they’re looking for? Um, that’s very good observation and , I would say. Just right away. But there is no answer to that. Um, one of the things that I forgot to mention, why did we end up was just mentor picking mentees and not any other kind of situation because I think we believe that a lot of our mentees come.

[00:37:28] Not really aware what mentorship is, just, you know, trying this new thing, um, not really knowing what they want to work on also, so they don’t have this like, clear statement, let’s work on this and this is absolutely fine, but that makes it really hard for them to be able to pick a person. That would work for them.

[00:37:51] Yeah. On the other way around, our mentors are the only ones really aware of the entire diversity of life experiences that they had. Like it wouldn’t be possible to fit it into any kind of, um, profile or anything because there’s always something else that. didn’t mention or didn’t think it was important or something else, so them was knowing all of their life experiences.

[00:38:18] Seeing the applications of mentees that are sort of all over the place, they’re able to see who would be that person. For whom they’d be the best match in terms of what they want, maybe what they’re unsure about, what type of profession they might be looking into. And just like you said, we have mentors who would pick a person.

[00:38:46] Surely because that person reminds them of them being 15 or 16. But I think by the phrase, reminds them of them. I mean also different, not only struggles, but different thoughts and and sure it is. That’s the word, um, that they have. So it’s not just resemblance of likes and dislikes or aspirations, but also of different like struggles and thought processes that mentees showing.

[00:39:22] Um, so they feel like they could really connect to them.

[00:39:25] It sounds like you’ve, you’ve created so many wonderful resources and support for them to, to go into this with, with everything they need. Yeah, amazing. With time, with time, we started adding up things, so it wasn’t always like that. But then every time you have a spare moment and you think, oh, it could be great to have this, and you add it, and it piles up into a great system.

[00:39:53] Yeah. Thank you for sharing so generously with us about that process. You know, it’s, it is so. Um, to, to be able to see the way that it grew from you just going, I wanna do something to help, um, to then being open to expanding it the way that you have and, um, devoting so much of, of the work that you do now to, to growing such an important program is just, Incredible.

[00:40:19] You’re amazing . Thank you Amanda, and thank you everyone. It was a great hour of my morning today, and I do hope that this helps in this way or the other. I’m really open if you decide to reach out at some point in the future. and do hope that after this mentorship there will be more men after this conference, there will be more mentorship programs in the world because I feel like there is, you know, not enough supply, but is ever able to satisfy the demand there is from young people, uh, for great mentors.

[00:40:55] Yeah, absolutely. I agree. . Yeah. Ah, thanks so much, Olha..


[00:41:02] I hope you enjoyed this episode. I’d love to hear what really stood out for you from, from Olha session. Um, yeah, please reach out. Uh, and let me know, let me know. Yeah. What, what. What you loved about her session? Um, and make sure that you go and check out all his work as well. You can actually, um, support their work on Patrion as well.

[00:41:23] When you become a patron with them, depending on the level that you select, you will get sent goodies. I got these incredible notebooks that, um, the designs all over them have been created by the mentors and the mentees and stickers and opinion and all sorts of other things. So. You can directly support all his work by finding 10, 11 mentorship on Patrion.

[00:41:45] Um, and they’re also on Instagram and obviously telegram and other places as well. Uh, and if you are keen to come along to the 20, 24 youth mentor conference, it’s all virtual on zoom. Uh, in February towards the end of February, then get your tickets@youth-mentor-conference.com. For more kind of live incredible sessions, just like this, and just by purchasing your ticket and you’ll actually get instant access to 12 sessions from our previous conferences, including Olhas, uh, complete session.

[00:42:16] Um, so. Yeah, check that out. And, um, I look forward to connecting with you in the next episode. I will probably share another snippet from the conference too, because there’s just so much gold that they get shared and it’s such a great. Community and experience to be there, live asking questions. And, um, yeah, we, we tend to get a mix of people that work with young people or would like to work with young people. Um, people that just have young people in their life, like parents, as well as educators and teachers, um, we provide like a PD certificate for hours of training as well, if, if requested to.

[00:42:53] So it’s a lovely community of people just coming together to. Upskill and learn a little bit more about young people to hear different lived experiences from people all over the world, working with young people, and we always have a session or two. With young people as well, so that we can, um, we can really listen to their lived experience as well and ask them, you know, what they need from us, which is always really, really, um, inspiring and often the favorite session of, of the whole, the whole conference. Um, but we also have practical sessions to learning more about listening skills.

[00:43:28] Um, sometimes we’ll do like, um, art and creative activities that we can run with our young people, um, and lots of networking and connecting to anyway, I’m rambling about conference now. Uh, hopefully I’ll see you there. youth-mentor-conference.com and I’ll, um, I’ll see you in the next episode.

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