Become a Mentor

Relationships matter. A powerful, positive mentoring relationship can change lives.

It can change yours.

Mentoring is one of the most significant ways that you can impact a young person’s life. Child Psychiatrist James Comer at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center say “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.”

Yet 1 in 3 young people will grow up without having a mentor.

These youth, not matched through a formal mentoring program or informally through a family friend or community member, remain disconnected from critical resources that can help them navigate childhood and adolescence.

 


What makes a good mentor?

Most of us can identify at least one caring adult who made a positive difference in our life. This could have been a teacher, coach, supervisor, spiritual leader, or neighbor. These people served as a role model, an advocate, or a friend. They modeled the basic qualities of a mentor, whether formal or informal, which include:


Benefits

Often, we think that mentoring relationships only produce benefits for the mentee. While the young person receives many benefits from the relationship, we often hear from mentors that the rewards they gain from the relationship are as substantial as those for their mentees.

Being a mentor has allowed them to:

Relationships matter. Making a connection with a young person in your community has the potential to change not only their life, but yours as well. Lean in, become a mentor!

 


Get Started!

Thank you! You have made a wonderful and very important decision in choosing to become a mentor. If you’ve reached this conclusion, you’ve done your homework. Before you start to look at the programs that are available, think about and identify your own interests and needs. Finding a mentoring program you’re excited about and comfortable with can require some time and thought, but the good news is that there’s something for everyone. The following steps will help walk you through the process of choosing a mentoring program that is right for you. To help you decide which type of mentoring program you want, ask yourself the following questions:

While thinking about these questions, remember to be open and flexible to all the different mentoring programs and focus areas that are out there. Once you’ve thought through some of these questions, you’re ready to start looking at programs! Search for an opportunity near you!

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