What is mentoring?
Mentoring is sharing knowledge, skills, and life experience to guide others towards reaching their full potential; it is a journey of shared discovery.
Mentoring is multi-faceted; it can be formal or informal and may change and evolve as the needs of the mentee change. A mentor can be a role model, coach, sounding board, voice of reason, counsellor, and a trusted resource.
Quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.
Ultimately, mentoring connects a person to personal growth and development and improved social and economic opportunities.
What do mentors do?
Mentors listen objectively and act as a sounding board. They ask questions that encourage mentees to look at issues from a variety of perspectives and focus on problem-solving, decision-making, and solutions. They challenge traditional ways of thinking and encourage strategies outside of their mentee’s comfort zone.
Mentors can prepare their mentees for professional careers and assist with their workplace skills. They raise the bar regarding a mentee’s potential and provide guidance, support, encouragement, and constructive feedback.
What is the impact of mentoring?
Mentoring can make a profound difference to the lives of mentees, and in turn strengthen our communities, economy, and country.
The consistent, enduring presence of a caring adult in a person’s life can be the difference between making healthy decisions, or engaging in risky behaviours, and between realising one’s potential or failing to achieve one’s dreams.
People with mentors, especially at-risk youth, have more positive visions of themselves and their futures. They also achieve more positive outcomes in school, the workplace, and their communities.
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