By becoming a mentor, you have the potential to:

  • Powerfully transform the life of a young person
  • Position a youth to achieve their personal and professional goals
  • Become and/or demonstrate you are a person who is ‘Other-Centered’
  • Help solve a problem – Bridging of the generation gap
  • Tap into the energy, ideas, and skills of the youth
  • Learn from mentees but also learn more about yourself
  • Develop lifetime friendship(s)
  • Recognized as Transformational Leader in the community

You can think of a mentor is an ‘enabler.’ A mentor’s role is neither to do things for you nor dictate what you should or should not do. Instead, mentors will assist and support their protégés to:

  • Identify and assess areas of personal and professional growth;
  • Set clear and executable personal and professional goals;
  • Draft a clear action plan and continuously support them during the execution phase of their plans;
  • Warm, open, and patient
  • Listens attentively and asks questions
  • Consistent and reliable
  • Demonstrate integrityand role-modeling behavior
  • Knowledgeableand professional
  • Self-motivated and motivating
  • Kind and forgiving
  • Courageous and confident
  • Just, transparent, and ethical
  • Service-oriented
  • Available to meet on a regular basis
  • Approachable but sets limits
  • Goal oriented and challenger
  • Provides timely feedback and responses to inquiries