What is a mentor?
A mentor is someone who shares their knowledge, skills and life experience to help a young person develop their ideas and positive attributes. It is a win-win partnership in which not only does a young person gain from the relationship, but mentors also benefit by increasing their own confidence and knowledge, along with gaining a sense of genuine fulfillment and contribution to their community through helping to guide a young person along their way.
Mentors help young people to better cope with the many challenges of school, work experience and career choices, personal and family issues. It is a great way to contribute to the community and there are many young people in our region who could greatly benefit from a mentoring relationship. In the Hunter Region there are a number of [Hunter Youth Mentoring] member groups providing mentor programs: all need volunteers and mentors to keep programs running.
Research Shows that:
52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of class
55% more likely be enrolled in college
78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities
81% more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities
Mentoring VS. Tutoring:
Mentoring is multi-dimensional and involves more than the academic part of a person the way tutoring does— it concerns a young persons’ life. A tutor assists someone with learning a new process or concept, whereas a mentor, on the other hand, goes far beyond the role of a tutor. Whilst a mentor may be someone who does at times assist with learning relevant subject matter much like a tutor, this is not their entire focus. A mentor intentionally focuses on building quality relationships, sharing life experiences and positive views on making the most out of a person's future. Tutors focus on short term outcomes whereas mentoring improves the young person’s capabilities for lifelong learning.
Make An Impact: Mentor In Real Life
What if all of the people who cared for you, who helped you, who believed in you… hadn’t?
Nine million kids in America feel isolated from caring adults to turn to. By giving a little time, a little attention, you can help them connect to opportunity – and make an impact on them and our communities. Join the movement: Mentor in Real Life.
100 IDEAS TO USE WHEN MENTORING YOUTH: Activities and Conversations to Help Your Mentees Excel by Linda Phillips-Jones, Ph.D. Jean Ann Walth, B.A. Carlo Walth, B.A., M.Div; Millersville University
52 Mentor Activities: An activity for each week! by Connecting Generations
A Year’s Worth of Mentoring Activities by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
Activities Book for Mentors and Mentees by Mentor New York
Career-focused Mentoring for Youth: The What, Why, and How by the Office of Disability Employment Policy
K-12 Journey Map by the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
Mentoring Activity Ideas by Mentor Michigan