The Power of Mentoring
Being a mentor with Generation Innovation is a great way to change the lives of the next generation of entrepreneurs and social leaders. Furthermore, mentoring not only benefits the youth you are working with but helps you grow professionally and as a leader. Also, girls with a mentor are 2.5x more likely to be confident in their academic performance. Additionally, boys with a mentor are 3x less likely to suffer peer pressure and anxiety, and 2x less likely to develop negative behaviors. Youth who have a mentor are 46% less likely to use drugs and 27% less likely to use alcohol. However, 1 in 3 young people will grow up without having a mentor. Nonetheless, with your support, we can change that!
What makes a good mentor?
A mentor is an advisor and guide to their mentee. Also, they are a champion and cheerleader for their youth. However, a mentor is not expected to have all the answers nor do they solve all of their mentees problems. But they do provide support to their mentee and help them overcome challenges. Reflect back on your youth; it may have been a teacher, supervisor, coach, or someone else who was in your life and made a positive difference in your life. They wore a variety of hats, acting as delegators, role models, cheerleaders, advocates, and friends. However, they all share some basic qualities:
- A sincere passion for supporting youth
- Ability to see solutions and opportunities
- Respect for young people
- Active listening skills
What are the benefits of mentoring?
The mentoring process is a shared opportunity for learning and growth. Most importantly, a good mentor is willing to take the time to get to know their mentee, to learn new things that are important to the young person, and even to be changed by their relationship. Many mentors say the rewards they gain are as substantial as those of their mentees, and that mentoring enables them to:
- Have fun
- Achieve personal growth and learn about themselves
- Improve their self-esteem and feel they are making a difference
- Gain a better understanding of other cultures and develop a greater appreciation for diversity.
- Feel more productive and have a better attitude at work.
How do I get started?
You’ve made a wonderful and very important decision in choosing to be a mentor. Before you start, think about and identify your own interests and needs. Being connected with mentees that you’re excited to work with and comfortable with can require some thought and time. However, the good news is that there’s someone for everyone. To help you decide your focus, ask yourself the following questions:
- What time commitment can I make? (we ask for at least 1-hour a month face-to-face)
- Would I like to work with one child or with a group of children?
- What age of youth would I like to work with? (we serve ages 13 through 24)
- Would I like to team with other adults to work with a child or a group of children?
- What types of activities interest me? Do I want to help youth learn a specific skill, address a specific social issue, or start a specific business?
- What location would I prefer?
Become a Mentor
Registration opens August 1, 2019