Frequently Asked Questions
At PYMA, we are always open to assist anyone who is interested to volunteer in our Mentorship programme. Kindly browse through our FAQs to learn more about to the process of enrolling.We look forward to receiving your application.
If you would like to enrol as a mentor, you have to go through the normal application process. Kindly complete our online form ( available on the website), ensure that you also download the mentors contract, upload all required documents in your online application form. Please make sure you complete all required fields. Our Programmes team will revert to you as soon as possible after receiving your application.
The mentor and mentee will likely learn new things about themselves and each other that will help them move toward career goals. The mentee’s role is to absorb knowledge and have the desire to use it in attaining his or her career goals. Mentors offer support and guidance to their mentees and also aid them to develop new skills and experience. Through this process, there is a need to build rapport and also ensure reciprocity from both parties.
As a PYMA mentor, our team will ensure that they are able to pair you with the mentee based on demographics, preferences and profession.We will also share tools and resources that will allow you to be successful in your mentorship journey. All our mentors also get the opportunity to attend quarterly mentorship meetings and through these, there is an opportunity to learn from other mentors and share experiences.
A Mentor can build a good relationship with a mentee through using a vast plethora of strategies. Mentors need to develop strong and lasting connections with their mentees, setting SMART goals and staying in touch through constant communication, being committed to the programme. We also advise our mentors enrolled in the programme to check on their mentees each week, utilise our themed quarter resources that aid a lot in the attainment of set goals, and connect mentees to any relevant post school opportunity or people within your network.
In order for our Programmes Team to finalise the pairing process, we require the following documentation from the mentor:
- A short Biography of yourself, for developing Mentor and Mentee Profiles
- A Professional Picture,
- One short quote/motivational message
- Contact Number in order for you to be added in our Mentorship WhatsApp Groups.
Based on flexibility/commitments of the mentor and mentee, both parties should set the meeting time and date. More so, it is pertinent to ensure that mentors communicate with their mentees based on the set schedule. No physical meetings are allowed outside of the PYMA premises. All mentors and mentees should send requests for physical meeting at our centre in time, we will then arrange that as soon as possible.
Yes. As part of the onboarding process, we provide resource packs to our mentors so as to allow their journey to be a smooth one. Our resource packs contain the mentor profile, mentee profile and organisation profile.
As stated previously, we conduct our pairing process through following a rigorous and fair process. Mentors are paired with mentees based on demographics, preferences and profession.
Mentors can invest as many hours as possible based on their availability and flexibility. We also take into cognisance that mentors need to set up flexible time with their mentees in order to reap the best outcomes of the Mentorship Programme.
Yes. All the information that we receive from our mentors is kept confidential. We strictly adhere to the Child Protection Policy, Social Media Release Policy and POPIA Act .
All our mentees are in High School. A mentor can be paired with a mentee who is in Grade 8,9, 10,11,12.
All our mentors enrolled in the programme meet with mentees remotely. After the pairing process we will provide you with the contact details of your mentee so that you connect with them via whatsapp. More so , we are always open to setting up Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings with you and your mentor at our PYMA premises
We are always on the lookout for amazing tutors to bring school subjects to life and support learners in our Afterschool Programmes. If you are between the ages of 18 years to 30 years, have a flair for tutoring and a colossal passion for working with children and youth , kindly go through the Frequently Asked Questions and apply for a Tutoring opportunity.
- ID Document
- Curriculum Vitae
- Academic Record
Yes. Our programmes schedule is flexible. All tutors who work with learners in the primary programme attend our programme from Monday to Friday( 15h00 -18h00) .Tutors working with High School Learners attend our programme on selected day ( Monday, Wednesday, Friday) between 15h00 to 18h00).
Based on the nature of our programme,our tutors need to be at our premises in order for them to interact physically with learners. If a learner is not present on a particular day, a tutor is supposed to deliver a tutorial virtually or share class work via our virtual platform.
Yes,a tutors should be able to provide assistance in more than one subject. We kindly advise our tutors to be more versatile and flexible in this regard.
Yes. during the application process, tutors can choose the grade/ learners to work with. As per the shortlisting of all applications and onboarding process, tutors can be placed in the chosen grade. In other instances, a tutor can also be placed in another grade that he/she has not chosen.
In order for you to know if you have been selected, our Programmes Team will send you an email inviting you for an interview. If an applicant passes the interview process, the latter will be invited at a Tutors Training.
- 18 – 30 Years old
- South African Citizen/Permanent Resident
- No criminal record for violent crimes
- Have passed Matric
- Plan to pass Matric by the start of the programme
- Able to communicate well in English, both verbally and in writing
As part of ensuring that tutors, learners,staff tutors, brand is protected, we conduct a series of background checks. Before any tutor is accepted into the programme, we will ask them to sign a child protection policy, sign an affidavit form ( acts a police clearance certificate) in front of a commissioner of oath at any police station around our locality. Our tutors also sign a non disclosure agreement and get trained on first aid and fire training before any interaction is conducted with learners.
Each Tutor is structured based on the flexible programme schedule. All tutors who work with learners in the primary programme attend our programme from Monday to Friday( 15h00 -18h00) .Tutors working with High School Learners attend our programme on selected day ( Monday, Wednesday, Friday) between 15h00 to 18h00). During the busy academic term, we also hold tutorials on Saturdays from 09h00 till 13h00. It is compulsory for all learners and tutors to be early and present at all times.
Yes. we offer a modest stipendium for our Tutors. The stipendium basically covers for transport costs.
All our Tutors that are enrolled in the PYMA Afterschool Programme become assigned for a period of 1 year. If a Tutor is still interested in tutoring in the next year, we advise the latter to re-apply through our website ( www.pyma.co.za)
No. Any Tutor enrolled in our Afterschool programme is not a full time employee of PYMA. All Tutors are provided with a flexible programme schedule that allows them to work with us on a part time basis.