Mentoring can be a very rewarding experience. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a mentor, or maybe you have just started to become a mentor, then here are 10 tips to keep in mind and to consider.
How to Mentor: 10 Tips from 10 Big Brothers
Ten experienced Big Brothers share ten helpful tips on how to mentor your Little through the beginning of a match. Remember, research shows that a match of just one year can make a huge difference in the life of a child, so have fun and let your friendship grow.
|1. “Just to be yourself, and do things that you enjoy and act like yourself.” – Michael|
|2. “Be a really active listener, because your Little will teach you things that you could never have imagined about life and about yourself.” – Steve|
|3. “Look for ways to encourage [your Little] to keep an open mind. Try new activities or foods that he’s never tried before” – Mike|
|4. “Relax and have fun… Be a positive influence through your own actions as opposed to try and convince them to do certain things by force.” – Matt|
|5. “Get together once every two or three weeks… Be consistent and show up when you say you’re going to be there.” – Marcel|
|6. “Don’t be afraid to be open with your likes… and listen to his. You might be surprised by what you have in common. Remember it’s all for fun.” – Scott|
|7. “I don’t think you need to overcomplicate things. You’re a mentor, but ultimately, it should be an outlet for both of you to have fun. I think everything else falls in place after that.” – Brendan|
|8. “Don’t let silence be a burden… Sooner or later they are going to open up.” – Randy|
|9. “Don’t try too hard when it comes to thinking of outings. Remember that they don’t have to be elaborate or super flashy; they just have to be a chance for you and your Little to spend time together and talk. ” – Jon|
|10. “Stick with it and reach out for help when you need it.” – Cameron|