मैं और मेरी mentor.. By Jasmine

मेरी mentor गायत्री है ! मुझे उनके साथ बात करना और time बिताना बहुत अच्छा लगता है | मैं अपनी सारी बातें उनसे share करती हूँ और गायत्री सब सुनती है | वो तो मेरी मजाकिया हरकतों को भी झेल लेती है! ज़िन्दगी में कभी कभी मैं बहुत ज्यादा अकेला feel करती हूँ और किसी को बता भी नहीं पाती | कभी-कभी बहुत सारी कठिनाईयां आ जाती है जिसका मैं सामना नहीं कर पाती या मेरे किसी दोस्त की परेशानी मुझे परेशानी दे रही होती है या फिर पढ़ाई में कुछ problem होती है | मैं हमेशा चाहती थी के ऐसा कोई इंसान

My Journey as a Mentor By Gayathri Sreedharan

It’s been a little less than a year since I first became acquainted with Aagaaz. It took me very little discussion/discovery before I asked to be part of the mentoring programme. My relatively brief experience mentoring two young women from Aagaaz’s fold has dealt me a few life lessons already. Above all, this – ‘mentoring’ a young person of an impressionable age, from a less privileged, minority background is much, much tougher than it looks to be. It’s not unlike backseat p

जैसे best friend, वैसे ही Mentor! By Aslam

Hi! नाम तो सुने ही होंगे आपने, असलम और ध्रुव | हम आगाज़ में सबसे ज्यादा मस्ती करने वाले Mentor और Mentee है ! में पहली बार ध्रुव से वहाँ मिला जहां मैं बचपन से पढ़ते आ रहा था, निजामुद्दीन के MCD स्कूल में | मुझे तब बहुत nervous feel हो रहा था क्योंकि मैंने कभी भी किसी Mentor के साथ काम नहीं किया था | लगभग एक साल से हम बहुत बार मिले है और बहुत सारा सा काम भी किया है | ध्रुव पहले बहुत शांत रहते थे और ध्रुव के साथ मैं इतना friendly नहीं हो पा रहा था | पर धीरे-धीरे जैसी ही मेरी पढ़ा

My journey as a mentor By Dhruv Samrat

Calling it ‘mentoring’ narrows down to its singular sense which is far from the truth. Meeting Aslam has been quite alike to catching up with your little brother, listening to his stories, discovering him, and fitting casual lectures into the conversation where you feel the need to impart some guidance. Since our age difference does not exceed six years, there is almost no sense of distance that I might feel in the light of his adolescent behaviour. To my advantage, I can see

My Mentoring Journey with Shahid by Anirban Ghosh

My mentoring journey with Shahid began around mid 2016. Shahid was interested in learning the guitar, so we started with basic lessons. He picked up the guitar (along with singing) pretty quick – he would work on the exercises diligently and come prepared for the subsequent sessions as an inspired learner with keen interest in pursuing an art-form. We continued with the lessons until he started playing/composing songs on the guitar. He would practice his singing skills as wel

Reflections from the mentors’ workshop on Viewpoints by Gunjan Gupta

Viewpoints is a philosophy translated into a technique for Training performers Building ensemble Creating movement for the stage Viewpoints is a set of names given to certain principles of movement through time and space; these names constitute a language for talking about what happens onstage. It is points of awareness that a performer or creator makes use of while working. There are Viewpoints of Time and Space. Time related viewpoints are: Tempo Duration Kinesthetic

Workshop on counseling skills for mentors- By Priyam Jain

Priyam (Nagina’s Mentor) is a trained counseling psychologist with a specialization in using art based therapies. Over the past few months while listening to the various narratives of Aagaaz mentors, she had an urge to share some concepts and ideas with the hope that they would empower both the mentors and their mentees to have more meaningful conversations. We had a great time interacting with her on 24th June and she has shared her reflections from this session. I was lucky

The production manager of पास्कुअलनामा- by Muzammil Shaikh

Muzammil, one of the core group members at Aagaaz worked as a production manager on a play called पास्कुअलनामा with Third Space Collective and Instituto Cervantes. He assisted his mentor Dhwani and seems to have learnt a lot out of this experience. We would like to share his reflections with you. मैने जिस play पर काम किया, वह एक novel पर आधारित था जो एक पसकुअल दुआर्ते नाम के आदमी के बारे में थी | मैं इस play में production manager था और मैं stage setup और props ढूँढने का काम

A reflection on my mentoring journey by Dhwani Vij

True to the vision of Aagaaz, we are creating a forum for reflection, dialogue, and learning for our lovely mentors as well. Together, we are exploring notions of working with young people, and its relationship to their idea of self and the world. We have been talking to our Mentors about their experience of interacting with young adults. They seem to learn a lot about themselves during this journey. Dhwani has shared her feelings and thoughts about the mentoring program and

Insights from Mentors’ Meets By Aakriti Mehrotra

Aakriti, who mentors Zainab, shares her perspective and experiences of the mentors’ meets that are organized every month. Joining Aagaaz as a mentor was almost a no-brainer for me. I had heard wonderful things about the people involved, and the mentorship programme allowed me the kind of flexibility I needed with a busy schedule. I knew mentoring someone would be a rewarding experience; it was almost a given. What I didn’t envision, however, was how much I was going to benefi

A Reflection on my Mentoring Journey- Anusha Ravishankar

We have been talking to our Mentors about their experience of interacting with young adults. They seem to learn a lot about themselves during this journey. Anusha has shared her feelings and thoughts about the mentoring program and her relationship with her mentee- Ismail. My relationship as a mentor has evolved over time. I feel we have become friends. Or at least reached a space where I know he can share his feelings and thoughts with me without hesitation. I became a part

The Mentoring Programme

Initially, the mentoring programme at Aagaaz arose from a need to bridge academic gaps that our adolescents in Nizamuddin were facing. We decided that there was a need for one-on-one connections to make this more beneficial and sustainable. Later we re-designed the programme to look at needs that go beyond the academic. We realized that there was a need for a deeper relationship that could act as a learning space for both the mentor and the mentee. Currently, we have 20 prof