Mentorship: Empowering through guidance
Mentorship is a commitment to make a difference. An individual shares knowledge and wisdom in a one-to-one exchange. This relationship takes the form of an experienced and trusted advisor or mentor guiding the inexperienced and growing student. Personal connections empower the learner, giving courage to explore and use talents and abilities. Ultimately, the most successful mentoring relationship is one that builds a foundation for personal stability and a stronger sense of identity.
Unprecedentedly, our next generation’s future is less prosperous than the previous. Increasingly, information and stimuli in the form of threats to our physical, social and personal well-being inundate our lives, threatening to darken our perceptions. Our children require deliberately adaptable and sophisticated skills to cope with today’s demands and harsh realities. We can still offer a guiding light to usher our children through the shadows of these times.
Mentoring our children and youth can impact their future in a meaningful and productive way. Our young generation now, right now, especially needs the personal support and benefit of stable mentors who will share their own journeys as well as their wisdom.
Coming Soon: “Mentor to Make a Difference” by Dr. Wanda Draper
Reading this book is like embarking on an apprenticeship or mentoring relationship of your own. It provides a foundation and the structural components for mentors to build their own strong relationships with their students. Events and tasks walk the reader through developing a meaningful mentor-student relationship in an effective mentoring program, providing practical guidance and support. Drawing from decades of experience interacting with thousands of children and their caregivers and teachers, Wanda suggests approaches to communicate in order to produce results as well as to facilitate learning. Users will gain insight and confidence as the book focuses on:
- the difference between natural and serious problematic behavior and how to address it
- each stage and pathway of a child’s development
- how to interact with children, appreciating their intelligence
- creating and nurturing the mentoring relationship
- how to encourage without encumbering
- establishing and managing effective mentoring programs and organizations in schools and communities
- assisting and supporting the mentors as they embark on their journeys with their students