“NMM [National Mentoring Month] celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. Its goals are to:
- Raise awareness of mentoring in its various forms.
- Recruit individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have waiting lists of young people.
- Promote the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to engage their constituents in mentoring.” Source: National Mentoring Month.org
Part of the of the song, The Greatest Love of All (written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed), made famous by Whitney Houston, says: “I believe that children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way…” Young people need the instruction and guidance of not only their parents and caregivers, but their neighbors, teachers, business leaders, community advocates and so many others. They need to be surrounded by positive influences to give inspiration, hope and a promising future. It doesn’t take a lot to be a mentor, just a little of your time and there aren’t any special skills required. Some times a young person just wants someone to listen to them; take them seriously or give them another chance.
Where do you start? You can start in your family; your community; your place of worship; your bowling league; a nearby school, there are plenty of opportunities ready for you. We need to nurture and take good care of the next generation…mentoring is good place to start. There are scientists, mechanics, inventors, nurses and many others waiting to be discovered.
Casually speaking and all the best,
- The Return on Mentoring (blog-aauw.org)
- Mentoring : An Essential Leadership Skill (drsuneelsethi.wordpress.com)