YWLC Pay It Forward (PIF) Mentorship Programme Digital Closing Ceremony
YWLC PIF Mentorship Programme 2020 came to a close on 26 September, and 31 mentor-mentee pairs celebrated digitally with their takeaways on the past 6 months of mentorship, an online quiz, and a fruit tea making session!
Among the invited guests were Cheong Leong Fatt, Deputy Principal, ITE College Central, and Arfat Selvam, Mentorship Committee Chair, International Women's Forum. Acknowledging the difficulty of continuing to run the programme in the midst of Covid-19, they commended the organising team for their dedication and professionalism. Arfat also praised the mentees for their willingness to be vulnerable in order to build a fruitful relationship with their mentor, and finally encouraged the mentees to pay it forward and mentor others as their way of giving back to the community.
One of the session highlights was the fruit tea making session. Serene Cai, the host for the session, also shared a parable about a potato, an egg and a tea bag to illustrate the different ways we can respond to adversity.
“A chef had a daughter who kept complaining about how tough her life was. After listening closely, the chef brought her to the kitchen, and put a potato, an egg and a tea bag into boiling water.
After 10 minutes, the chef took the items out of the boiling water and asked his daughter what she observed. “The potato is soft, the egg is hard and the tea tastes aromatic,” she said.
“That’s right, they all faced the same adversity but each of them reacted differently. The potato went in hard but came out soft. The egg was fragile but came out hardened. The tea bag, however, turned into an aromatic and fragrant drink. Which one are you? How will you respond to adversity?” the chef gently asked his daughter. “
In these trying times, we can choose how we respond to the challenges of a generation. Do you choose to be a tea bag, an egg, or a potato?
YWLC’s Pay It Forward Mentorship Programme is a six-month programme, organised in partnership with ITE College Central and International Women’s Forum, to offer guidance by mentoring the next generation of girls.
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Organising Committee: Community Engagement Subcommittee
Author: Dorothy Siok
Editor: Tay Mingfang