"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself."
- Oprah Winfrey
International research shows that young people want three things:
Be cared for…They want to feel safe and secure. To be surrounded by people who are positive influences and will appreciate and accept them for who they are.
Feel valued…The more they are valued the more positive self worth they feel. This comes by fun interaction with peers and adults.
Life has purpose…They want to know that their life has significance. This comes by encouragement to explore opportunities in and out of school, commitment to learning and guidance to develop a positive view of the future.
Youth mentoring programmes are proven to have a significant impact on the lives of young people.
This includes helping mentees with:
an improved self-image
development of positive values
making positive life choices
realising their potential
exposure to positive new experiences such as community involvement and different activities
proven relational benefits such as helping mentees to improve their communication and conflict resolution skills
young people with strong mentors are also less likely to become involved in criminal activity, drug taking, alcohol abuse, leave school early, and their academic performance often improves.
Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.
Fun Fact: We also think it is pretty cool that research shows it is common for mentees to want to go on and serve as mentors themselves. This further demonstrates the powerful effect of mentoring and shows that mentees are empowered to contribute to the world around them.
Mentors Give & Receive
"Mentoring is a process of opening our lives to others; of sharing our lives with others; a process of living for the next generation.."
- Ron Lee Davis
Being a mentor can be a rewarding experience. A mentoring relationship can help a young person transform their life through developing their connections, future prospects and potential.
There is also a lot a mentor can learn from a mentee through the unique insight young people provide. Mentors also grow in their leadership skills while giving advice and seeking to bring out the best in the mentee. They gain a sense of achievement, greater self confidence, improved understanding of the problems people face, a special friendship and a sense of joy & purpose through contributing to the community.
Through getting involved in a mentoring programme, you are helping to make a stronger more resilient community.Together we can help our young people on the Coast step into a brighter future!