What is mentoring?
Mentoring brings us together – across generation, class, and often race – in a manner that forces us to acknowledge our interdependence, to appreciate, in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words, that “we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny.” In this way, mentoring enables us to participate in the essential but unfinished drama of reinventing community, while reaffirming that there is an important role for each of us in it. Marc Freedman – 2014, Founder and CEO of Encore.org and Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum
Become a mentor
Most of our mentors have one thing in common: they’re passionate about investing in young people.
Mentoring is about creating a relationship and sharing experience to help them learn and achieve their potential. As a mentor you can inspire, support and motivate young people, raise their aspirations and encourage them to achieve their career goals.
That doesn’t mean you need specialist knowledge or experience. We will train you. All you really need is one hour a month to talk to a young person, be around and be interested. That’s all. Listening and empathy are the most important skills.
Can you understand the challenges a young person is facing and see things from their point of view? Can you offer advice or even just encouragement? If so, then you have what it takes to be a mentor.
It only takes one mentor, one regular conversation, to change a life. You could be that one.
Who can be a mentor?
Anyone! Whatever your life experience, you can become a mentor. It’s less about skills or qualifications and more about having the right attitude.
If you’re over 25 and can give one hour, once a month for up to a year to help change a young person’s life, mentoring could be for you.