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“In education we are striving not to teach youth to make a living, but to make a life." --William Allen White

Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee.

By using your influence and resources as a decision maker, you can bring new hope to young lives through the power of mentoring. And you’ll be surprised how much you will benefit as well.

A mentor is an adult who, along with parents, provides a young person with support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement and constructive example.

Good Listeners

Mentors are good listeners, people who care, people who want to help young people bring out strengths that are already there. A mentor is not a foster parent, therapist, parole officer or cool peer.

All children have the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society. However, not all children get the support they need to thrive.

By all estimates, an astounding 17.6 million young people—nearly half the population of young people between 10 and 18 years of age—live in situations that put them at risk of not living up to their potential. Without immediate intervention by caring adults, they could make choices that not only undermine their futures, but, ultimately, the economic and social well-being of our nation.

Mentoring—the presence of caring adults offering support, advice, friendship, reinforcement and constructive examples—has proved to be a powerful tool for helping young people fulfill their potential.

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By William Allen White. Portions reprinted with persmission from the North Pacific Union Conference Gleaner, February 2007. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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