Be the Change – Become a Mentor!

 

Student Mentoring Letter

As you begin your journey toward becoming a mentor, you will need to thoroughly understand the role of being a mentor. Consider one or more roles others fill or have filled in your life: most of us have had a supervisor, boss, or coach who made a positive difference in our lives. Those types of people fill many roles in the lives they influence. They act as role models, instructors, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. You will be one of those role-fillers when you become a mentor.

Not only do good mentors understand the need to assume a number of different roles during the course of a mentoring relationship, but they also demonstrate a number of essential, basic qualities:

  • Passion for youth development.
  • Respect for young people.
  • Active listening skills.
  • Empathy.
  • The ability to see solutions and opportunities.
  • Being flexible and open.

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