Are you searching for a way to better the world and possibly better yourself? Have you ever thought about being a mentor? Mentors help to develop a child's self-esteem and confidence. The Children's Workshop believes students who have mentors have a desire to stay in school, and believe they can be whatever they want to be.
What are the benefits of mentoring to the child and the mentor?
Benefits to Mentor:
· They are happier when they return to work.
· They feel satisfied that they volunteer their time and knowledge to such a great program.
· They have a greater understanding of today's youth by getting to know them.
· They actually have an overall good feeling about themselves because they are making such impact to the life of a child.
· Mentors report that they also have a better feeling and relationship with their own families do to this wonderful relationships they build with their mentee.
Benefits to Mentees:
· They participate more in class.
· The show better attendance at school.
· They improve academically.
· Improved communication.
· They are just happier with school – better attitude towards school.
· They get more involved with school activities
Who would make a good mentor?
Qualities of a mentor – someone who enjoys being around children, someone who is committed and willing to be a positive role model to a child. They need to be dependable, honest and ready to have fun with their mentee.
Is there on-going training and support for the mentor?
Yes – there are trainings to mentor and mentees. Mentors help to develop a child's self esteem and confidence and desire to stay in school and realize that they can be whatever they want to be with hard work.
Click here to learn more about The Children's Workshop Foundation Mentoring Programs. You can also email KDidomenico@childrensworkshop.com. Click here to watch Miss Kelli present this topic on The Rhode Show!
Kelli DiDomenico is Director of Parent and Community Relations at The Children’s Workshop. With over 20 years of experience, Kelli earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Rhode Island College and ran her own child care business before rejoining The Children’s Workshop family team in 2010.