Lagos State Alumni chapter of the International Visitors Leadership Programme, an initiative of the U.S Consulate, through its schools mentoring programme has graduated 228 public high school students in Lagos.
According to the program coordinayor, Omowale Ogunrinde, the graduates comprised of students who participated in the weeks-long project under the tutoring of the alumni members.
The beneficiaries include fifty-one students from Eric Moore High School, Surulere; sixty-three students from Ajigbeda High School, Surulere; fifty students from Agidingbi High School, Ikeja; and sixty-four from Central High School, Okota.
Ogunrinde stated that the programme, which the alumni association began in 2018, was targeted at the transfer of knowledge and skills.
She said members of the association, having undergone various leadership training in the US-sponsored IVLP, felt the best way to give back to the society was to train teenage leaders who would, in turn, mentor more students in leadership.
“In each school, we have a target of about 60 mentees and the aim is to train and mentor these 60 to be able to go back to their school amd mentor their peers too,” Ms. Ogunrinde stated.
On the supervision of the mentorship groups, Ms. Ogunrinde said the graduates won’t be cut off from mentorship even after graduation from the programme.
“The students are not fully in charge of these groups,” she stated.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the students, Rusell Brooks, the Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Consulate, commended the alumni association for doing “a fantastic job” with the students.