The Tanzania Capacity and Communication Project (TCCP) created an ACE Program eToolkit which served as a cyber-center for ACE interns, fellows, mentors, supervisors and others to access program resources and information. TCCP also launched an ACE Facebook page to facilitate networking and exchange, which has 383 likes.
The Importance of Mentors
ACE interns expressed that both their mentors and supervisors were essential to their success. The interns appreciated that their mentors acted as a confidants, especially in the beginning of the program, when interns were still unsure of what their roles and responsibilities were within the organization but did not want to express those concerns to their supervisors. The role of the supervisor gained significance as the intern became settled in their role and their relationship with their supervisor has developed.
A Successful Program Built on Partnerships
TCCP partnered with 60 other organizations and projects to implement the ACE Mentoring Program. These partners included the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Tanzania Commission for AIDS, Unicef, and many others.
A total of 16 classes of interns and fellows participated in ACE. There were six classes in Dar es Salaam, five in Iringa, and two in Njombe. These classes included 209 interns and fellows (56% female and 44% male) enrolled in the program, and 170 of those graduated, amounting to an overall graduation rate of 81%. Interns graduated at a rate of 92%, while fellows graduated at a rate of 70%.
The ACE program succeeded in creating positive relationships between the ACE interns and fellows with their mentors and supervisors. Many of the organizations hosting an intern chose to extend their internships, and some have even hired their interns as full-time staff.