Mentoring Works (For You?)
If you are lucky, you have had at least an informal opportunity to mentor a younger person in your community, your church, or on the job. Frankly, there isn't much that feels better. What's the point of all your hard-won experience if you can't pass it along to others?
As you might suspect, there is a wealth of research that demonstrates mentoring not only feels good for mentors, it also delivers high-impact for those who are mentored. According to the Mentoring Partnership ofMinnesota:
A Mentor May Be: Friend, Listener, Tutor, Confidant, Coach
A Mentor is Not: Foster Parent, Therapist, Cool Peer, Parole Officer, ATM Machine, Savior
The Minnesota Partnership, while specific to activities in that state, offers a wide range of resources created to help mentors, and mentoring staff engaged anywhere in this life-enhancing activity.
The site also points to the need, and provides resources relevant to, mentoring youth who have one or more parents deployed by the military.