What does it take to build a strong community? What role do you have in responding to society’s most pressing challenges?
Research and experience show the power of mentoring to build bridges, break down “otherness” and create lasting, meaningful relationships. Yet one in three young people grow up without a mentor outside their family to help them develop, access opportunities, and thrive.
Relationships matter. Making a connection with a young person in your community will change not only their life, but yours as well.
Qualities of a Good Mentor
- Cultural competence and humility
- A sincere desire to be involved with a young person
- Respect for young people
- Nonjudgement and empathetic
- Active listening skills
- Ability to see solutions and opportunities
What Mentors Do
- Support a young person through an ongoing relationship
- Help set academic and personal goals and work toward accomplishing them
- Serve as consistent, positive role model and friend
- Build the mentoring relationship by planning and participating in activities together
- Strive for mutual respect
- Have fun
- Address community issues in partnership with mentees
Beyond the personal fulfillment of contributing to the community and an individual, mentors will develop new skills and insights to navigate complex social challenges.
Become a Mentor
Before you begin exploring the programs that are available, consider your own interests and needs. Finding a mentoring program that ignites your passions can require considerable time and reflection – the good news is that there are options for everyone. Remember to be open and flexible to all the different mentoring programs and focus areas that exist.
Use our Guide to Becoming A Mentor to help you navigate next steps.