WHAT IS A MENTOR?
“A mentor is someone whose hindsight can become your foresight.” -Anonymous
A mentor is someone that helps guide another individual’s development whether specifically in their career, sports, or overall life. Mentoring is used in various settings and backgrounds. Though the idea is very common in business, it is commonly used in educational settings, especially with “at risk” students.
One of the most valuable assets one can have in their life is a good mentor. Think about someone in your past that has helped to shape who you are today.
WHAT DO MENTORS DO?
A mentor can help you assess your strengths and weaknesses, as well as help you develop your skills for success in life.
A mentor can help provide you with a fresh perspective, a new way of viewing a particular situation, issue, or conflict. They provide a sounding board for you to bounce ideas off of, to ask questions, to learn from their experiences. Ideally, a mentor will motivate you to do your best and help bring out the best in you.
THE BENEFITS OF MENTORING: There are a tremendous amount of benefits for both the mentee and the mentor when the two are matched. Both individuals benefit from the experience and the time together. For the mentor, they see that they can make a difference in their mentee’s world. They also have an opportunity to give back to the community. They have a chance to meet new and exciting people they may not have had the chance to meet previously. Not to mention the amount of knowledge and experiences they will learn from their mentee’s life perspectives. Most importantly, the mentor will learn how much of a positive influence they can be for a young person.
For the mentees, the experience of being matched with a mentor will help improve their self-esteem. It will also allow them to develop skills that will enable them to improve family and peer relationships as well as enhanced social skills. Being matched with a positive influence, such as their mentor, provides the mentee with increased confidence which can and does show in improved academic performance as well as a noted reduction in skipping school. Youth matched with a mentor also show a reduced chance of using drugs and alcohol.
KIDSAFE CT MENTORS:
Our Mentoring Program work with at-risk youth, some of whom live in foster homes and residential facilities, at a critical juncture in their lives. Many of these youth do not have strong role models to look up to or give them guidance. These youth NEED local mentors who can provide insight, guidance, and spend much-needed quality time with them.
TO BE A MENTOR FOR KIDSAFE CT:
To be a mentor with KIDSAFE CT you will need to be available at least one to two hours a week and three out of the four weeks a month. We are asking for a year commitment of all our potential mentors. Most importantly, we are asking that each prospective mentor be ready to make a positive impact in the life of one of our youths.
REQUIREMENTS OF THE KIDSAFE CT MENTORING PROGRAM:
- Potential mentors must:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Submit to several background checks including: CRIMINAL, DMV, and CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
- Be available to make a ONE YEAR commitment to the program
- Attend trainings administered by KIDSAFE CT staff
- Attend various group activities
KIDSAFE CT will provide:
- Training on being a mentor prior to meeting your mentee
- Support for you as you interact with your mentee
- Venues and opportunities for group activities
- We will also provide meeting space