Think quickly, who has been a significant influence in your life? I can guess that besides a parent there was a teacher, coach or other adult who helped you formulate what to do, how to do something or just listened and encouraged you to seek your goals. I can also guess that you felt good about that memory, and that that memory came from your youth. Today there are thousands and thousands of children in the elementary, middle and high schools that good use a coach, a teacher about life choices and a trusted adult to just listen.
These children are rich and poor, majority and minority, inner city and urban and from single parent and dual parent families. In other words, there are kids out their on the brink of success that need another adult to help influence their lives in a positive way. In 2002, I started mentoring in a program called the school-business alliance. This was a structured program one hour a week during the school day at the elementary school. Eleven years later I am still volunteering and mentoring a mentee (yes, that is a word!) providing support – mostly by just listening and sincerely caring about what they say, think and ask about. This is one of many mentoring programs available today to consider – they all are good. I am one of many mentors who volunteers at Webster, we are some 100 strong and growing. We support the Connecticut , Massachusetts, and Rhode Island programs, soon to be expanding to the Metro NY area.
Would you consider helping a child today and volunteering your time to mentor? You might find out the person who benefits the most out of it – is you. This will be one of many posts on mentoring by Webster volunteer mentors. Check back often to hear our story – and add yours in the comments below. If you are a company considering supporting such a program for your employees - let me know. I can help.