Exploring the benefits of mentoring

Are you searching for a way to better the world and possibly better yourself? Have you ever thought about being a mentor?

Mentors help to develop a child’s self-esteem and confidence.The Children’s Workshop Foundation believes students who have mentors have a desire to stay in school, and believe they can be whatever they want to be.

We spoke with Kelli DiDomenico- Director of The Children’s Workshop, who shared the following benefits of mentoring:

Benefits to Mentor:

  • They are happier when they return to work
  • They feel satisfied that they’ve volunteer their time and knowledge to such a great program
  • They have a greater understanding of today’s youth by getting to know them
  • They actually have an overall good feeling about themselves because they are making such an impact to the life of a child
  • Mentors report that they also have a better feeling and relationship with their own families do to these wonderful relationships they build with their mentees

Benefits to Mentees:

  • They participate more in class
  • They show better attendance at school
  • They improve academically
  • Improved communication
  • They are just happier with school – better attitude towards school
  • They get more involved with school activities

Who would make a good mentor?

Qualities of a mentor – someone who enjoys being around children, someone who is committed and willing to be a positive role model to a child. They need to be dependable, honest and ready to have fun with their mentee.

Is there on-going training and support for the mentor?

Yes – there is training for mentors and mentees.

Mentors help to develop a child’s self esteem and confidence and desire to stay in school and realize that they can be whatever they want to be with hard work.

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