Becoming A Successful Mentor In A Youth Mentoring Program

A youth mentor program matches young adult mentors with at-risk youth in the hopes that the mentor will support the youth through their adolescent growing pains. The best mentorships turn into lifelong friendships, but some relationships don't seem to get off the ground. New mentors want to have a positive impact, but they may not know exactly how to do that. Here are some tips on becoming a successful mentor in a youth mentoring program

1. Make Time For Your Other Responsibilities  

A successful mentor demonstrates proper time management and the ability to handle all responsibilities. To ensure you have time for professional, educational, and social responsibilities, avoid overfilling your schedule. The mentor will notice that you have other worries on your mind when you should focus on them. 

2. Appeal to the Youth's Interests

When you meet your mentee, do something enjoyable for them (even if you don't particularly enjoy it). You will get to see the mentee in their element. You'll also learn more about the mentee. As the mentee feels comfortable, they will open up to you about their personal dilemmas and problems at home.

3. Establish a Bond With Your Mentee

If you notice your mentee becoming vulnerable, keep your ears open. Listen to your mentee and ask open-ended follow-up questions to continue the conversation. Avoid talking about yourself until the youth finishes what they want to say. Active listening will help you and your mentee bond. You will also establish a bond with continued dependability and shared experiences. When the bond reaches a certain point, consider inviting the mentee to your home for occasional meals with other people in your family to blend both worlds. 

4. Admit Your Flaws

Mentors can't be perfect. While you don't want to lose your mentee's adoration, a small flaw or mistake may actually make you appear more human and more relatable. When you admit your flaws, work to change your mistakes. Your mentee will see your progress and use your example for their own self-improvement. 

5. Create and Monitor Goals 

As a mentor, you want to accomplish certain things with your mentee. Once you establish a bond, pick attainable goals for the mentee, such as getting a B on a school assignment or going to the gym three times a week. Regularly examine the mentee's progress and readjust. The mentee will learn how to set and reassess goals on their own in the future. 

Youth mentorships allow mentors to give back to the community while making a positive impact on someone's life. Everybody in the situation wins. 

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