Importance of Mentorship-The Young And Fresh

Mentorship

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

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

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 Accomplishments

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. 

13 Responses

  1. Margarette says:

    Great post! The world needs more mentors to help guide our young in order to make a better tomorrow for all the generations to come.  I agree that the earlier someone can get a mentor, the easier it will be for them to cope with any situations that may arise. I agree that there should be a goal when it comes to mentoring. I am currently working with a mentor to help bring my Essential Oil business to the next level. Having a mentor is great.  My mentor helps me deal with more than just expanding my E.O biz.

  2. Jordan says:

    Hey there!

    Thanks for sharing this! I actually found your article at just the right time. This is something that I’ve been discussing with several friends recently… the importance of mentorship, and how we need to look for opportunities both to take on mentors who will guide us, and opportunities to mentor others in their time of need.

    I like your use of Proverbs. It’s a book full of wisdom, and discipleship/guidance is a deep theme in it. Like you quoted, iron sharpens iron, and I think God intended our relational dynamics to work that way. 

    How would you recommend someone find a good mentorship relationship? 

  3. MissusB says:

    I am a teacher and I have to agree that we teach children new learnings, but I am also a mentor to new teachers so they can be guided in classroom management, behavior and guidance, and a lot more aspect in teaching. Our teachers nowadays are so young. Most are fresh graduates – others are timid and afraid, while some are over confident thinking that teaching is an easy job. 

    My main goal is to always understand them because I was once like them, very much the same. Everytime they tell me that they admire my teaching strategies and so forth, I always let them know that they can learn it too and encourage them that it’s not really hard just as long as they use their potential to the fullest. Our group mentoring is what they enjoyed the most. I intend it to be light, there are no comparison of achievements or issues, just a good professional sharing. I’m glad about the nice feedback –  they too learn to understand the kids. They too want to extend help, not just a teacher but a mentor for those kids who are deprived of essential time with parents. 

    I got carried away with your post. It’s really inspiring and your words  made me feel good. Thank you so much for doing this.

    • MissusB , glad to see it reconfirmed your soul,the goodness you have done. One may mentor as many people; it’s the intention behind it that truly matters. There should be no self interest. 🙂 One of my childhood mentors always taught me the importance of teachers; how valuable they are. You made a great point here; Teachers must always be taught in order to teach others.

  4. Joshua says:

    Mentorship is very important when it comes to growth in life. when I was homeless at 8 years old, I was always thinking about doing the wrong things while trying to somehow be a “normal” child. That’s when I met a retired veteran at the shelter, and every week we play chess and he would give me words of wisdom along the way, giving me weekly tasks on improving myself and becoming a stronger individual. To this day I still hear his words whenever I feel like giving up. I hope one day I will do the same, I love this article.

  5. Tracy says:

    Mentorship is way so different compared to teaching because it requires some realistic experimentations that would serve a direct beating to what the person being mentored needs. When it comes to mentoring the youth, it is another thing entirely compared to other age groups because whatever is being passed down to them within the age group stays with them forever more. So, it is very important to get it right while mentoring them at that age. Thanks

  6. Shelley says:

    The importance of mentoring cannot be overemphasized for youths because their mind is still very fresh and open to alit of new ideas. This is the period where they are just formulating their principles and guidelines concerning their life and if proper care isn’t taken, getting wrong mentorship would affect them negatively. I agree with you on most things discussed here on this article and I’d surely share it out to more people to study. Thanks

  7. Desiray says:

    Linda, thank you for your post. It touched me right to my soul. Having a mentor is a very important part to a young persons life. I can only wish and hope that more people would consider being mentors. We should all have mentors from the time we are born until the time we are old enough and wise enough to face life’s greatest challenge alone. Thank you again for being a mentor to us all. 

  8. AJ says:

    I couldn’t agree more. For me, this is really important if you want to grow and succeed in life. I have 4 mentors now who helps me in terms of my personal development. For those who are wondering, you don’t necessarily need to have a mentor that’s physically there. For starters, you can have your favorite motivational speakers / authors as your mentor. Just follow what they preach and you will definitely achieve your goals!

  9. coralie says:

    Mentors are such a huge important part of who I am.  I played sports all of my adolescents and had one really great mentor who really taught me so many things. Today we are still in contact and I am forever thankful for all she did for me.  Teaching me to handle situations and how to be a grown up.  All the good things and all the bad things.  i don’t know where I would be without her.  Great job.

    • That’s amazing Coralie! God places people in our path for great reasons.
      Like the mentor I mentioned to Nuttanee ; though this “individual” did horrible things, God used her to build my self confidence and develop new skills.

  10. Nuttanee says:

    I personally think that mentorship is important no matter which milestone you might be in. However, in  young adults might be the most important as you say because they are still learning the society and testing the boundaries, they might be doing something without thinking and can harm their peers as the consequences to that.

    I also think that the young adults have to stand up for themselves against all the bullies as well. They can be listening to all what to mentors say but without standing up on their grounds, these bullies will not stop and less they themselves doing something about it. 

    Hopefully this mentorship can reach out and help as many young adults as much as possible. 

    • Nuttanee; agreed,
      Bullies come at any age and young adults must fight for their wn principles; not allowing mentors bring them down.
      I recently made a friend who I considered a mentor; however, she was double faced and ended up speaking nonsense behind my back and four other people.
      Unfortunately, this individual only cared to mentor to look good in public and have a high reputation.
      Very sad; she lost 5 great friendships.

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