When you were young, 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?

What is mentoring?
It’s being a positive role model and guide to a young person. A mentor is someone a young person can look up to—and model him or herself after.

What do mentors do?

  • They talk and listen

  • They seek to enrich

  • They explain and instruct

  • Share an interest or passion with a young person


Who Does Mentoring Benefit?

  • Young people (“Mentees”)- it is a chance for them to grow and explore new opportunities.  With adult guidance, they are more likely to make positive choices and relate better to others. Other benefits include: a better attitude about school, higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations, enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence, improved behavior at home and at school and improved interpersonal skills, to name a few.

  • Volunteers (“Mentors”)- mentoring is a two-way street.  Young people can teach adults valuable lessons too! Mentoring makes you take a step back from your life and gain perspective, and the lessons you teach are valuable reminders to you as well.  Other benefits to mentors include a sense of accomplishment, creation of networks of volunteers, insight into childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, increased patience and improved supervisory skills.

  • Families- children and youth with mentors relate better to others, are less likely to strike out in anger, and learn interpersonal skills, which helps with family communication and dynamics.

  • Communities- building positive relationships with young people is an investment. It helps them stay on course and become responsible, productive adults.

What does it take to be a mentor?
Mentors need time for consistent contact, patience, communication skills and respect for boundaries.