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Mentors -- Lighting The Spark

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Horizons4 Girls is searching for mentors to help ignite the internal spark in the girls who live in Sheboygan County.  This 'spark' will help motivate our community's girls to find and actualize their greatest promise, nurturing their potential in ways that will positively impact the trajectory of their lives!

As you begin your journey toward becoming a mentor, you will get the chance to thoroughly understand and embody the positive and life changing role of a mentor.  Most of us have had a supervisor, a boss or coach who has made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats. They acted as advocates, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. As a mentor you may perhaps also wear these same hats or other ones that suit your gifts, experience, wisdom and personality!

Mentors understand the need to assume a number of different roles during the course of a mentoring relationship, but successful mentors also share the same basic qualities:

  • A sincere desire to remain involved in a positive relationship with a young person.
  • Respect for young people.
  • Active listening skills.
  • Empathetic heart.
  • The ability to see solutions and opportunities.
  • Capacity to be flexible and open.

As you and you begin your mentoring relationship you will be exploring values, interests and goals.  During that time you will find yourself making a difference and in many wonderful little ways you will begin making a positive effect on their life.

What you may also be surprised to see is that you will be learning more about yourself, too. Mentoring doesn't just affect the young person. Mentoring is a shared opportunity for learning and growth. Many mentors say that the rewards they gain are as substantial as those for those they mentor.

Mentors often themselves experience:

  • Having fun.
  • Achieving personal growth
  • Learning more about themselves.
  • Improving their self-esteem
  • Enjoying the pleasurable feeling that they are making a positive difference.
  • Gaining a better understanding of other cultures
  • Developing a greater appreciation for diversity.
  • Feeling more productive
  • Cultivating a better attitude at work.
  • Enhancing their relationships with their own children and younger relatives or community members.

Good mentors are willing to take time to get to know those they mentor, to learn new things that are important to the young person, and even to allow themselves to be changed by their relationship.  Often the benefits of accepting the challenges and rewards of mentoring a young person last a lifetime.

Mentors work with students from throughout Sheboygan County. A mentor's schedule can be daily, weekly, or monthly - but needs to be a consistent schedule.  We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for helping the girls in the local communities to ignite a spark in the regional communities!  Please consider becoming a mentor today!


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