Mentoring on my Mind
Ever have one of those days, weeks, months, where something is on your mind and suddenly you see and hear about it everywhere? - in the news, on your favorite TV shows, and in your every day conversations and work meetings? For me this has been happening with mentoring.
This initially came up in some recent informational interviews that I have been inspired by. I have had some great talks with some pretty amazing young women who are eager to make a difference and move up in their professional (hopefully higher ed or non-profit) field. Reflecting on my career path affirmed how lucky I was to meet some incredible people who have mentored me along the way and helped me to explore my interests and discover and apply my skills and talent. Their encouragement and belief in me along with their knowledge sharing was instrumental in my personal and professional growth and I truly value the impact they have had on my life.
This year, the shared group book of our Promising Pals program with the Timilty School, highlights how mentoring has impacted lives. Each adult and student pal will have the chance to read and discuss these first person accounts by creative legends of life-changing relationships that help young people to discover and channel their creative potential and passion. "10 Who Mentor" by Denise Korn with Neal Kane provides great insights to mentoring. http://10whomentor.org/. This is really important to understand and to seek out. Next month, the 10 Who Mentor folks will relate this directly to each middle school student in presentations at the Timilty School.
(photo of Wole Oke and his Promising Pal 2011)
Through my work with the Scott/Ross Center, I have also been able to see the impact on the many students who can be both a mentor and a mentee through their involvement with our community partners. Recent conversations with student volunteers and staff at organizations such as Girl's Leap and Strong Women, Strong Girls again reminded me of how priceless mentoring is. Many of us experience and extend mentoring on a regular basis and this is great thing. I hope that it continues to be top of mind, visible and valued.