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Becoming An Influencer

What Makes a Good Influencer

Before becoming an influencer, here are a few things to understand about the role. 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 influencers wore many hats, acting as role models, delegators, cheerleaders, advocates, and friends. Influencers assume these different roles during the course of a relationship, and share some basic qualities:

  • A desire to be a positive influence in the life of another
  • Respect for the capacity of young people
  • Active listening skills
  • Empathy
  • Ability to see solutions and opportunities
  • Flexibility

Benefits

Relationships are a shared opportunity for learning and growth. Many influencers say the rewards they gain are as substantial as those of the youth they support, and that mentoring has enabled them to:

  • Enjoy the fun in life
  • Achieve personal growth and learn more about themselves
  • Improve their self-esteem and feel they are making a difference
  • Gain a better understanding of other cultures and develop a greater appreciation for diversity
  • Feel more productive and improve attitude
  • Enhance their relationships with their circle of support

Get Started

You have made a wonderful and very important decision in choosing to become an Influencer with The Colorado Teen Project. The following steps will help walk you through the process of choosing how you would like to be of influence – as a member of a circle of support, or working with groups of youths. To help you decide which type of mentoring is right for you, consider the following questions:

  • What time commitment can I make?
  • Would I like to influence one youth, for one year, or build skills with a group of youths?
  • Would I like to team with other adults to mentor one youth or a group?
  • What types of activities interest me? Do I want to help a youth learn a specific skill, pursue an interest, help with schoolwork/test prep?
  • What mentoring location would I prefer and what works best for my schedule?


Adapted from “Become a Mentor”, The National Mentoring Partnership. Mentoring.org (http://www.mentoring.org), published by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, covers issues on youth mentoring.