Protective effects

  • Often, individuals mentor to provide others with the experience they wish they had as a child. Or, they may wish to share in experiences otherwise unavailable to them. Channelling positive feelings by helping others can have very positive results.
  • Please note: Your mentee is not there to listen to your problems, or to help you test out relationship skills. It’s one thing to want to foster in a youth the experience of having a supportive non-family adult in his or her life, but it is another (not so good) thing to share the pain, guilt, loss, or doubt that one underwent by not having such an experience. Children are not our confidants, therapists, or peers. If you’re not quite sure where to draw the line, talk with your program staff.