Know a Young Person Who Needs A Mentor?
Mentors are supportive individuals who build relationships with young people by offering them guidance, support, and encouragement to help cultivate positive and healthy development. Mentors become part of a team of caring adults to support a young person. They are not meant to replace parents, guardians, teachers, or to play the role of disciplinarians or decision makers.
The role of a mentor includes encouraging positive choice, help promote high self-esteem, supporting academic achievement, and introducing a mentee to new ideas. Also, mentors leverage their relationships to help support these efforts.
Examples of some things a mentor might help a young person with include:
- Setting academic and/or career goals and taking steps to achieve them
- Making healthy choices in everyday life: nutrition, exercise, social activities, and beyond
- Thinking through a problem at home or school