I enjoying mentoring, usually I stick to a group of 4-8 girls or teen girls but in November I decided to try something different, mentor 25 youth for 3 months. My plan is meeting them once a week to do different educational fun activities and invite some of my friends to come share with the group. The reason why I am doing this is because I thought it would be a great idea to give these young adults (aged 15-22) a set time for them to think over their year and to make plans for the following year. I like to tell them, “if you don’t make plans for your future, someone else will make plans for you.” All the youth come from very discouraging back grounds all the more reason to have these 3 months with them. Last week I took them to the beach.
I have no formal training in mentoring young people, if there is any advise I would give anyone it would be, don’t expect over night change, it takes years to see change in the people you are helping and most importantly be prepared to get your heart broken once in a while as your “mentees,” make stupid decisions even after you have given them sound advise. At the end of the day, everyone has free will. Mentoring sure tests: “un conditional love.”