Being a mentor has many rewards
Published 9:23 am Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Column: Guest Column, Carolyn Smith
January is National Mentoring Month, a great time to think about becoming a mentor for a deserving child or teenager. You can make a big difference in a young person’s life by giving just a couple hours of your time, two to four times per month. Listen to what these mentees say about their mentors:
• She brings me places that I would otherwise not go to.
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• He is never late and is trustworthy.
• She teaches me new things and we have fun together.
• He is there for me when I need him.
• I can tell her anything. She like really gets me. She thinks my antics are really crazy!
• My mentor rocks!
Mentors also benefit from their time with their mentee. Here’s what they say:
• He’s a great guy, polite and a good sense of humor.
• She is always willing to stand up for what she believes.
• She keeps me young and up-to-date.
• Mentoring is a wonderful way to give back to the community. I really enjoy it.
• He means a lot to me. We will be friends for life.
For more information about becoming a mentor, please contact me at 507-383-5272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alden resident Carolyn Smith is the program coordinator for STARS/Community Mentor Connection.