Midweek Muse: 12 Most Self Serving Benefits of Youth Mentoring

Image by Steph Fraser via stock.xchng
Image by Steph Fraser via stock.xchng

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

by Kelly Belmonte

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.

To read this article in its entirety, visit 12 Most.

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2 thoughts on “Midweek Muse: 12 Most Self Serving Benefits of Youth Mentoring

  1. johncoyote says:

    Good to stay in touch with the thoughts of our youth. Some children need a adult for guidance. Good to open door to conversation. Both sides can learn. I agree with your thoughts and good wisdom.

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