Mentoring helps because a child is not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges. Think back. Did you know how to deal with that bully in grade school? Did you know how to study for a test or make plans for college? Do you remember wanting your first car or looking for a part-time job? Simple things that seem easy or straightforward to you now may appear to be a complete mystery to a young person. Mentors provide their mentees with an experienced friend who is there to help in any number of situations.
Mentoring, at its core, lets young people know that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.
The Mentoring Effect
- Mentors model positive relationship skills and help their mentees strengthen communication skills
- Mentors help young people expand career interests and encourage steps to achieve their goals.
- Mentors help with homework, advocate for school attendance, and can help their mentee set higher education goals.
- Mentors help youth believe they can create a future they want.
There are many different opportunities to give back through mentoring in Washington State. Programs are always in need of kind, caring individuals to mentor youth in a variety of ways. Whether you are interested in mentoring in your community, mentoring online, or mentoring in schools, there’s an opportunity out there for you.
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