Happy National Mentoring Month! As we celebrate the power of mentoring to transform the lives of young people, it’s important to remember that now, more than ever, youth need support and guidance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of young people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one in three young people have reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression since the start of the pandemic. This mental health crisis is a stark reminder of the importance of mentorship and the role that we can all play in supporting the next generation.
As a mentor, you can be a positive influence in a young person’s life. Mentoring can help young people develop the skills and confidence they need to navigate the challenges of adolescence and adulthood.
But the benefits of mentoring extend far beyond the mentee. Studies have shown that mentoring can lead to personal and professional growth, increased self-esteem, and a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment for the mentor. Mentors reported feeling more connected to their communities, more confident in their ability to make a difference, and more fulfilled in their personal and professional lives as a result of their mentorship experiences.