From mentored to mentor. Mentoring leads to a more transformative experience in the life of most individuals. At IMDID, we understand that simple things that may seem easy or straightforward to us now may be a complete mystery to a young person.
Records have proven that 1 in 3 young people will grow up without having a mentor, either through a formal mentoring program or informally through a family friend or community member – leaving them disconnected from a critical resource to help with these very things.
Community engagement is an undeniably critical part of ensuring that mentoring isn’t left to chance. Public officials can support policies that promote mentoring as part of comprehensive educational and youth development initiatives. Teachers, counselors and school administrators can ensure mentoring is integrated into holistic student supports.
Business leaders can encourage employee engagement in youth mentoring by partnering with a nonprofit program like Project HMC and offering time to mentor during business hours.
Sometimes the result of an established program and sometimes a natural occurrence, mentoring is a useful tool in the world. Mentoring arrangements match a more experienced volunteer with one child for the purpose of teaching and grooming new and promising talent. Mentees benefit from the experience and support of their mentor, and mentors get to share their experience and knowledge. Ultimately, this relationship increases confidence, skills and productivity, involvement and capacity building, decreases social vices, and grooms children without less need for outside educators or consultants. It also creates a more cohesive environment by matching diverse individuals and allowing them to learn from each other.
- Provide real world training
- To help the mentee gain new experiences and build confidence while teaching her to trust her skills and knowledge
- Model appropriate behavior
- Provide a network
- Offer a helping hand with resources