Media 24 Flagship programme Rachel's Angels
The Rachel’s Angels mentorship programme has operated since 2007 in the Western Cape in association with the University of Stellenbosch. Funded by Media24 for the past five years, the programme is improving the academic abilities of grade 11 and 12 learners and enriching their life skills by involving senior students from the university as mentors. Ultimately, the Rachel’s Angels empowerment project aims to contribute towards building excellence in high school education in the Western Cape.
The programme includes regular campus visits, attending lectures and exposure to the world of business in the form of an entrepreneurial day, where learners are required to develop business plans and run a small business. Through this process – experiential learning, mentoring by peers, exposure to academic life and the realities of the business world – students and learners are taught skills that will adequately equip them to play a meaningful role in society.
During the 2010-2011 cycle of the Rachel's Angels mentorship programme, 140 mentors from the University of Stellenbosch participated, covering 20 regional schools. To become a mentor, students have to apply and are submitted to a strict selection process by the trustees.
Mentors are expected to meet with their students twice a month, attend workshops as well as help learners understand how life at the university works. Mentors act as life coaches by sharing their knowledge and experience with learners. They also assist learners with study techniques and self-esteem.
In return, mentors receive Media24 and MultiChoice shares if they meet all programme requirements. Mentors are thus empowered by having a head start when they enter the business world.
During the 2010-2011 cycle of Rachel's Angels, 140 learners from various schools across the Western Cape participated. Schools nominated 20 learners to participate in the programme. After reviewing each learner’s application and year marks, the trustees select seven to ten learners to participate in the programme.
Learners are expected to attend workshops where they learn more about study techniques, self-esteem and entrepreneurial skills. They complete aptitude tests and receive feedback throughout the year to assist them with career choices.
Each learner is partnered with a mentor from the University of Stellenbosch, and they meet twice a month. Mentors assist learners with study techniques and self-esteem, but also act as life coaches.
In addition, learners visit the University of Stellenbosch for social events and attend some lectures to familiarise them with the set-up.