What is a Mentor?
A mentor is defined as a "wise advisor". In Big Brothers Big Sisters terms, a mentor is an adult who is there to spend time with a younger person to support their development, provide friendship and guidance, and offer a different perspective on the world. Basically, mentoring is an additional grown-up to be there for a child.
Depending on the program that is right for you, mentors spend time with mentees doing anything related to recreation, education, or social and life skills. Mentoring can take place out in the community or at the student's school.
Mentors provide inspiration, acceptance, challenge, a sympathetic ear and exposure to new ideas and activities. Children matched with mentors show improved:
• Confidence, self-esteem and a sense of hope
• Academic grades
• School attendance
• Interactions with peer, parents, and teachers
• Social and communication skills
• More likely to finish high school and less likely to be involved in criminal activities