Secondary School Mentoring

EFAC’s secondary school mentoring program provides year-round support and guidance to ensure a successful high school experience for each of our students. This program has three main components:

On-site mentors at EFAC partner schools

  • Each partner school has a designated teacher to serve as a mentor for the EFAC students at that school. These teacher liaisons connect with the EFAC offices in Kenya and the U.S. to help us monitor our scholars.

EFAC alumni & ANU student mentors

  • Many of EFAC’s secondary alumni join ANU student mentors to visit our partner high schools once per term. These older students meet with EFAC’s secondary scholars to mentor them in their academic and social-emotional experiences.

U.S. sponsor correspondence

  • EFAC’s secondary students are matched with U.S. sponsors, and they exchange letters and updates with one another throughout each school year. Our students appreciate the encouragement and global perspective they receive through this sponsor communication.

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Post-Secondary Mentoring

For EFAC scholars, the transition from a structured boarding school to and independent college/university setting can be daunting.  EFAC matches each of our post-secondary scholars with a U.S. and Kenya-based mentor to support their adjustment from adolescence to young adulthood. These mentors help students build a plan for success throughout their university studies and beyond.  Communication between students and mentors is facilitated by access to email and social media. The strong bonds that form between our volunteer mentors and their students have a lasting impact on our organization. 


EFAC mentor Jay Dinkel with his EFAC student, Joshua. Joshua studies mining engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Engineering.

EFAC mentor Jay Dinkel with his EFAC student, Joshua. Joshua studies mining engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Engineering.

Mentor Testimonial

It has been wonderful for me to mentor Joshua during his university years. We discuss everything from our favorite sports to his career goals. I think he appreciates our email conversations as much as I do - it has been a true gift to be part of Joshua’s path to success."

-Jay Dinkel