School-based mentoring is an opportunity for youth to spend one-on-one time with a caring adult during the school day. Mentors can help with homework, shoot hoops or practice a new skill. Youth who have a mentor develop social skills and self-esteem and are more likely to stay in school and be engaged in the classroom. But not only does mentoring benefit a student it also benefits the mentor.
It feels good to give back. By being a mentor, you’re making a positive contribution to a child’s life, serving as a support system, confidant, and ally. You will get great satisfaction knowing that you are making a difference, not just in the present but in the future as well.
School-based mentoring gives you the chance to be the change you wish to see in the world. You can put your values into practice and model them for a child, strengthening them in the process.
You may also gain new understanding and perspectives as you connect with a child and learn about their life. You’ll be exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking or problem-solving.
A mentoring relationship will help you learn how to bring out the best in others. You’ll employ plenty of patience, empathy, trust, and respect for a child’s boundaries while using your knowledge, experience, and creativity throughout your relationship. Mentoring is a two-way street where you both give and take, learn and grow.