LET’S TALK ENGLISH. LET’S TALK EMPOWERMENT.
Talk To Me! is an initiative aimed at improving both conversational English and social skills of young people with limited exposure to a rapidly changing world. We have seen, time and over again, that English fluency broadens their horizons so they are able to compete with confidence in an increasingly global environment.
UNIQUE APPROACH: ONE ON ONE MENTORING OVER SMART PHONES
The uniqueness of our initiative is that teaching/mentoring is conducted via smartphones. Prices of smart phones have plummeted to affordable levels; we are therefore able to harness the power of mobile technology to connect seamlessly across national and international borders. We are location-neutral.
COMPASSIONATE MENTORS WITH EXCELLENT ENGLISH SKILLS
Our dedicated and deeply compassionate mentors have excellent English skills. They converse with their mentees for a minimum of two hours a week, at mutually convenient times. Mentors largely use WhatsApp, though when necessary, they make regular phone calls too. Conversations revolve around lesson plans designed for both beginners and for more advanced learners. Mentors commit to working with their mentees for an initial period of six months. This may be extended if mutually acceptable.
DIVERSE POOL OF MENTEES IN 15–25 AGE RANGE
Our mentees range in age from fifteen to twenty-five, and have had some formal education. Most are drawn from institutions such as NIIT Foundation, located in Delhi, Gurugram, Odisha and Pune, as well as from Salaam Baalak Trust, Nai Disha and Balvant Rai Mehta School in Delhi. However from time to time, we have drawn exceptional mentees directly from the community.
SUPPORT OFFERED FREELY
Our time, our support and our knowledge is priceless, but we offer it freely. TTM! is not an NGO, it is a movement that we hope will spawn and inspire many similar initiatives.
ENRICHING LIVES OF BOTH MENTORS AND MENTEES
Talk To Me! has enriched the lives of mentees and mentors alike. While our primary objective is to improve conversational and social skills, our mentors often connect so deeply with their mentees that they are able to help them alter the trajectory of their lives and fulfill their aspirations! As one of our enthusiastic mentors exclaimed, “It is deeply satisfying to be able to help someone improve, grow and see things differently.”