The importance of mentoring and why it is essential to start early
As the world returns to school, work and long-awaited events, it is exciting to look to the future. The impact of the pandemic on students continues and it will take time to rebalance years of distance learning. But one thing is clear: the impact of early mentorship may well have saved the day.
For many middle school and college students, connecting with mentors (adults willing to invest energy to nurture talent, build confidence, or just share interesting details about their work) has filled the void left by students. canceled activities and allowed kids to stay focused on what they love. .
In anticipation of next week’s Women & Worth Summit panel focusing on the importance of investing in the next generation, I asked a few members of To be, a mentoring platform that brings girls into business to meet female leaders, to reflect on mentoring and why it’s more important than ever. Below is an edited summary of their responses.
What does “mentoring” mean to you?
“For me, mentoring means the collective bet on a dream. In this partnership, mentors (or anyone who inspires you) invest their time and knowledge to elevate the leadership potential of their mentees. Mentoring means offering constant guidance while challenging someone to grow.
– Elizabeth Shvarts, 16
“For me, mentoring is a relationship in which someone with more experience, knowledge and wisdom works with or helps a (usually) more junior person achieve their goals by providing advice, guidance and opportunities. . “
– Daisy Hampton, 13
“For me, mentoring means sharing the secrets of your success and paving the way for others. No one needs to navigate their life on their own, and mentors are people who help you make important life decisions that they may have made for themselves in the past. Mentors want to help others who are in a similar situation to their younger ones and do so with encouragement and wise advice.
– Paige McCullough, 17
“Mentoring means you can learn from someone how to accomplish new tasks without making so many mistakes… not that you will be perfect, but [mentors] help you do your best, be the best version yourself and give you that beautiful, breathing example of how to do it.
– Winter Noel Joy, 12 years old
“For me, mentoring means giving advice to those who want advice. The mentor must be trained in his field of study and the individual must show that he is open to learning.
– Amber Carr, 17
Why are mentors important earlier in life than in the workplace? Do you have teachers, coaches, community leaders, or other people already mentoring you?
“I’m a model, photographer, artist and actress, so I take classes all the time! Teachers, coaches and mentors help me develop the skills I need because I have chosen a career that is starting now. I don’t have to say when I grow up I want to be XYZ because in my field you can start all grow old and live your dream.
– Christmas winter joy
“My growth would not be possible without the long-standing support of my elementary school principal, Ms. Wright. A fusion of Mr. Rogers and Bob Ross with a musical tendency, Ms. Wright was the first person in my life to defend the dream as courage.
– Elizabeth shvarts
“Mentors can give you advice and direction specific to your interests and goals. I have a singing teacher, Dr G, who is a university opera teacher. He guided me in my singing studies and allowed me to study classical singing since I was 11 years old. I also work with a music producer who teaches me how to record and produce my original work, so I have more control over creative product as well as my professional career.
– Elle Cohen, 12
“Mentors are important at every stage of life! My non-profit organization, Including you, matches children with disabilities and / or facing economic disparities with peer mentors for friendship, learning and fun. These mentors help students pursue their goals, whether that’s getting better grades or developing lasting friendships. My most important mentors are my parents, who are amazing role models. But I’m so grateful to have the founder of Being as a mentor, she guided me through my Ted-Ed talk and provided a forum to learn from women who have really cool jobs, like writers and women in finance.
– Marguerite Hampton
“Mentors certainly count earlier than the workplace because we always need guidance no matter how young we are. Character is built in our youth and mentors help shape it and help us become the best of ourselves during our formative years. I have many teachers who have acted as mentors for me throughout my school career, and their advice has helped me immensely. I wouldn’t be where I am now without their help.
– Paige mccullough
With their eyes fixed on future projects, including my next book titled The Epic Mentor’s Guide which combines girls’ questions about the world of work with responses from 180 women already present, these girls and so many others rely on early mentoring to satisfy their curiosity about the world and awaken their interests in new fields.
“For The Epic Mentor’s Guide, I asked how a girl looking for an internship or a job would approach an executive. It is important to learn the basic steps of building a network from an early age so that after college they are not lost. “
– Amber Carr
“I have submitted questions to NASA professionals about their academic and professional backgrounds because I would like to pursue a career in science and space exploration and I am interested in any advice and guidance that those who are more experienced and knowledgeable can deliver! “
– Elle Cohen
Simply put, mentoring is important. And women and girls are looking forward to next week’s Women & Worth Summit, in large part because mentors and new relationships will be there. “I have attended two Women & Worth Summits, ”concludes Paige McCullough,“ and the mentors influenced me because of their attention. Attending their lectures really showed me how much they want to help us be successful the same way they did and it’s really special.
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