Mentorship is the ability to guide someone towards a specific goal or vision. “Well, isn’t that what a teacher does?” Not precisely. A teacher’s goal is for the student to learn a brand new, specific course achieving passing grades. A mentor is not a tutor. A mentor gets the whole picture, analyzes where they need guidance the most and leads the student towards its solution.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”(Proverbs 22:6)
The purpose varies really. It depends on the goal, vision and age of the individual. Assuming it’s an adolescent from the age of 12-19; the purpose may be how to survive all the life changes. As we all know, adolescents do live a crazy time with all the hormone changes and introduction to new departments of life; hence adulthood. Do you think life could be better if a teenager or youth had a mentor? Look at your own life and ask yourself; How would my life change if I had one? In reality, parents should be the mentors of their children’s lives. However, life is full of issues, absent parents and trouble. Therefore, not all minors get this opportunity and even those who have a good, safe lifestyle, don’t get mentored by their parents. As mentioned earlier, Mentoring is guiding those with no parent’s?
The goal is connected to the purpose and age group. So if the age group are youth meaning from 16-24; and the purpose of mentoring is guidance then the goal is guiding them into a good future. What do they want to do as they enter a college course and profession? Do they want to study? Why or why not? It is very important for youth to have an idea what they want to do as adults because there is only a short time to prepare for the world out there. Unfortunately, this provokes stress in their lives and having a mentor also guides them in “how to’s”. For example, how do I study and work? Should I study or should I work? And so on.
“A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,” (Proverbs 1:5)
The accomplishment of a teen being mentored is knowing how to deal with bullies, society, the opposite gender, and peer pressure of new departments of their lives. The accomplishment of a youth mentor is knowing when and what to study, how to deal in the outside cruel world and its pressures. Therefore, “Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17) Meaning; we instruct one another just as Iron sharpens iron, as the Lord came to instruct mankind, let’s instruct those who need it.