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BECOMING A MENTOR

All youth need positive guidance and support from caring adults, particularly those with risk factors affecting their future success in the world. These factors include poor school attendance, low grades, negative behavior and difficult circumstances, such as foster or kinship care, an incarcerated family member, or growing up in gang-impacted neighborhoods.

As a mentor with Positive Guidance you and your mentee will begin your relationship; exploring values, interests and goals, you will find yourself making a difference and having a positive effect on their life. Mentoring doesn’t just affect the young person it will also change your life as well. Mentoring is a shared opportunity for learning and growth. At Positive Guidance we plant seeds for those who may not be quite ready to make necessary changes in their lives, but are still open to hearing about the possibilities. Being a mentor enables them to:

  • Have fun.
  • Achieve personal growth, learn more about themselves.
  • Improve their self-esteem and feel they are making a difference.
  • Gain a better understanding of other cultures and develop a greater appreciation for diversity.
  • Feel more productive and have a better attitude at work.
  • Providing or assisting them with opportunities that they did not think were available
  • Going to college can be a reality

 

As a Mentors you need understand the need to assume a number of different roles during the course of a mentoring relationship, Accept the challenges and rewards of mentoring a young person and experience the benefits that will last each of you a lifetime but successful mentors also share the same basic qualities:

  • A sincere desire to be involved with a young person.
  • Respect for young people.
  • Active listener.
  • Empathy.
  • See solutions and opportunities.
  • Be flexible and open.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Ideal applicants will have the following qualifications:

  • Be a good listener;
  • Able to meet the youth where they are, both physically and emotionally;
  • Willing to undertake a background check to obtain Youth Guidance Center clearance
  • Ability to work in an in-custody setting

 

If you would like to make a significant contribution and a positive impact to the life of a young person by serving as a mentor, please email Brina Major at brinamajor@positiveguidance.org or call at 866.201.0197, ext. 701