Before becoming a mentor, here are a few things to understand about the role of mentoring. Most of us have had a teacher, supervisor or coach who has been a mentor to us and made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats, acting as delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. Mentors assume these different roles during the course of a relationship, and share some basic qualities:
Above all, a good mentor is willing to take the time to get to know their mentee, to learn new things that are important to the young adult, and even to be changed by their relationship.
You have made a wonderful and very important decision in choosing to become a mentor or Influencer with The Colorado Teen Project. The following steps will help walk you through the process of choosing how you would like to mentor – as a 1:1 mentor or as an Influencer working with several youth. To help you decide which type of mentoring is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:
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