www.mentoring.org – Mentor
Over the past two decades, Mentor has helped millions of young people between the ages of 6 and 18 get the support and guidance they need to build meaningful lives. There are 18-million children in the U.S. who want and need a mentor but currently only 3-million children have one. Mentor helps children by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources nationwide and promoting quality standards, cutting-edge research and state of the art tools. Mentor’s mission is to see that every one of those 15-million children has a caring adult in their life and is closing this gap by working closely with schools, businesses and communities.
Research confirms that mentoring works. Mentors help young people set career goals, learn how to seek and keep jobs and improve self-esteem by teaching them how to relate well to diversity and strengthen their communication skills. Mentoring reduces some negative youth behaviors while promoting positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them. Mentoring is a positive youth development strategy which helps because it guarantees a young person a caring person in their lives (40% of a teenager’s waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision) who will keep them in school, and help with homework and academic skills. Statistics show that mentored youth have better attendance in school and a better chance of higher education.
Mentors must have the sincere desire to be involved with a young person, be an active listener, be empathetic, flexible, respectful, and be able to see solutions and opportunities. These are all qualities and traits of boomers, and we feel this shared opportunity for growth will have boomers clamoring to share their wealth of experience and knowledge in the role of a mentor. You and your mentee will begin to explore values, common interests and goals. Your reward is making a difference and having a positive effect in their lives. This fabulous website will get you connected to mentoring opportunities in your area and if there isn’t a program in your area Mentor provides all the steps and resources necessary for creating one. National Mentoring Month is January 2011.
Accept the challenges and rewards of mentoring a young person. Experience the benefits that will last a lifetime. Experience does make a difference! So what are you waiting for? Get involved!