Work & Purpose How to Become a Mentor to Young People Plus

Across the country today, millions will mark the Martin Luther King Day of Service by showing up to help others. Throughout the month, others will mark National Mentoring Month by thanking those who mentored them and considering how to become mentors themselves. (You might enjoy watching the Because You Mentored Me video from MENTOR below.) Let me tell you a little about how I was mentored, how I have mentored others and how you can become a mentor, too. Both the Day of Service and the Month of Mentoring turn my thoughts to the next generation and to psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner’s memorable words: “Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her.” While I can’t describe any older adults outside my family as having been “irrationally crazy” about me when I was a child, I did have several who helped me become the now-73-year-old person I am today. Some were my teachers, like Ms. Hess in sixth grade, who made me believe I could write poetry and Mr. Sloane, who encouraged me to run for president of my high school junior class and then school secretary. After I was elected, he helped me understand what it meant to serve the students I represented. Read more here >>>

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