I’m pleased as punch to be able to bring together my passions for writing and youth mentoring in one blog post for National Mentoring Month. Below is an excerpt; you can read the complete post on 12most.com. Please join me in support of youth mentoring, and do share.
12 Most Self Serving Benefits of Youth Mentoring
You may have heard all the reasons why you should give back to your community, why you should mentor a young person — how it’s the right thing to do, how you can help save the world… yada, yada, yada. Right. Not to undermine all that good will, but how about taking a moment to consider what you can get out of it too?
January is National Mentoring Month. In honor of all you current and potential mentors out there, let’s take a look at what’s in it for you:
1. Build your network
Mentor training and support groups are great places to meet people who know people who know people who know people who… ya never know who you might meet who might have a need for your skills and passion. What better stuff do you have to on a Saturday morning, anyhow?
2. Go white water rafting
Or do something equally exciting. Youth mentoring programs frequently sponsor fun activities that mentoring pairs can participate in together. Get in on the action!
3. Develop new skills
The communication skills alone you can gain through the training and experience of mentoring are applicable through the rest of your life.
4. Stay tuned or get tuned in with the younger generation
Feeling out of touch with popular culture? Mentoring will get you up to speed, and quick.