The word "mentor" comes from the Greek word for "steadfast" and
"enduring." Mentoring is the one-to-one or group relationship that one
or more adults develop with one or more young people to help them
develop and succeed.
- Takes place via the
Internet and allows mentors and mentees to develop their relationship
by exchanging messages online.
- Makes mentoring available to mentors and young people who otherwise
might not be able to meet easily because of time or travel constraints.
Helps participants learn more about high-tech communications and improve their writing skills.
Offers youth the opportunity to develop a relationship with one or
more adults. (Some programs have a group of adults who mentor a group
of young people. For instance, a group of engineers might advise an
entire classroom of students.)
Offers young people a great way to learn about potential careers.
Enables students to work with mentors on special projects.
- Improves self-esteem
- Helps improve academic skills
- Providing support for new behaviors, attitudes and ambitions
- Increases young people's ability to seek and keep jobs
January is National Mentoring Month. If you would like to be a mentor or connect with a strong role model, please watch this space for exciting opportunities to connect with bright young minds. Bring your friends!