Most of us can think of people in our lives, more experienced than ourselves, who taught us something new, offered advice, presented a challenge, initiated friendship, or simply expressed an interest in our development as a person. They helped us negotiate an uphill path or find an entirely new path to a goal in our academic, career, or personal lives. They showed us a world larger than our neighborhood. They pointed out talents that we hadn't noticed in ourselves and stimulated ideas about what we might be able to accomplish. They nudged us when we needed a nudge.
Educated and well-informed adult mentors are an important part of the ASCEND TEAM. Mentors are professionals in a wide variety of career fields who can demonstrate through their daily lives the significance and rewards of hard work, focus and perseverance.
We expect most mentoring to take place on the Internet and email, with periodical personal meetings between the mentor and beneficiary. Electronic communication eliminates the challenges imposed by time, distance, and disability that are characteristic of in-person mentoring. Frequent electronic communications and personal contacts bring beneficiaries together with mentors to facilitate academic, career, and personal achievements.
As a mentor one has to offer the following:
Mentors share their knowledge, experiences, and wisdom.
Mentors provide valuable opportunities by facilitating academic and career choices.
Mentors stimulate curiosity and build confidence by presenting new ideas, opportunities and challenges.
Mentors encourage growth and achievement by providing an open and supportive environment.
Mentors help beneficiaries discover talents and interests and define and attain those goals.
Mentors guide beneficiaries in reaching academic, career, and personal goals.
By sharing stories of achievement with beneficiaries, mentors can become role models.
As a mentor, you are a valuable resource to ASCEND beneficiaries. As a guide, counselor, and friend, you inspire and facilitate academic, career, and personal achievements. The developmental transitions faced by young people in each of these areas are enriched by your experience, wisdom, and guidance. Your role as a mentor is a mix of friend and teacher. Relationships developed with your beneficiaries become channels for the passage of information, advice, challenges, opportunities and support, with the ultimate goals of facilitating achievement and having fun.
How is this accomplished? There are probably as many mentoring styles as there are personality types, and no one can be everything to one person. The challenge and fun of mentoring is developing your own personal style for sharing the special strengths and skills you have to offer.
Following are a few suggestions for getting started and staying active as a mentor. ASCEND trustees welcome your ideas for suggestions to pass on to future mentors. Happy mentoring!!
To get started as a mentor:
All mentors are volunteers, and we know that mentoring consumes some of your very valuable time. The following are some guidelines to follow when considering whether you have the time and the willingness to be a mentor.
Mentors are encouraged to follow these electronic guidelines.
The Mentors shall operate under the framework here:
27, Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai - 600 014.
Phone : +91 98402 93262, 044 - 4263 7181
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org