3 Tips for Being a Good Mentor

By | February 17, 2017

James Aldrich, CEO, founded Children’s Hope Residential Services to help abused and neglected children build a brighter future. A big part of Children’s Hope’s programs is mentorships. Through mentorships, the children can learn to trust others again, as well as build healthy relationships.

Mentorships offer endless benefits for both the mentor and mentee. Mentors can feel accomplished and gain new skills, while mentees can feel more confident, enhance their social skills, improve their attitude, and more.  If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, here are three tips to help you be successful:

Be patient

The children in Children’s Hope Residential Service’s programs have suffered abuse and neglect at the hands of a parental figure. As a result, most children are initially distrusting of authority figures and may take a while to come out of their shell. Be patient with them. They just need some time to feel comfortable around you. You need to gain their trust.

Lead by example

The children at Children’s Hope have been through a lot and need a positive role model to teach them right from wrong. A mentee can learn a lot from a mentor by watching how they behave in certain situations. Set a good example. Also provide learning experiences for your mentee to teach them new things and help them be successful.

Show a genuine interest in your mentee

Mentors not only set a good example; they also show mentees that someone is there for them and genuinely cares about them. Show a genuine interest in your mentee. Get to know them personally. Learn about their goals and interests and help them pursue them. Also be available to listen and offer a helping hand when they need it.

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