Be a Mentor
Do you remember when you knew a job, college or other career training was an option for you? A lot of great kids in your community grow up never thinking they have more than a few job opportunities. Imagine being the person who introduces a child to more possibilities. That’s what a mentor can do. And truthfully, mentoring a child is a great way to expand your own opportunities.
Mentoring is about consistently showing up and slowly building a friendship through shared experiences (trips to the mall, playing ball, driving in the car, and drinking ice-cream shakes) – a lot of things you already enjoy.
And while both of you may acknowledge how much you enjoy hanging out, mentoring’s real impact is most often seen years down the road – the culmination of all your afternoons. It’s the later choices your young friend will make throughout life that will represent the big impact of all your small moments.
Click the links below to read the profiles of different mentoring programs in your area. Oregon Mentors database of programs work throughout Oregon or SW Washington.