Remember when you looked for your first job, or experienced the challenges of getting through college? These life challenges can seem overwhelming to a young adult, especially if they are first generation college students or are students with a disability. Having a mentor helping them through these challenges can make the difference as to whether these students succeed or not. Are you someone who wants to be a mentor? Here are some of the characteristics of a good mentor:
You have a sincere interest in helping a young adult succeed as they go through some of their biggest life challenges
You have respect and empathy for people of all backgrounds and experiences
You are an active listening and a good coach
You are willing to work with a mentee to help him/her see solutions and opportunities and to help direct them through challenges
You have some flexibility in your schedule to meet with a mentee
You live in the tri-state area near our current Mentor 4 Impact programs
One in three young people go through these life challenges without any kind of mentor or role model. Yet, research shows that mentors can help their mentees develop the confidence and perseverance to succeed.