The Blogalicious theme for the month of June is Mentorship. We love to use our platform to spotlight unknown bloggers and community leaders. Today we’d like to extend a warm welcome to Jasmine Crowe of Black Celebrity Giving.
Ten Reasons to Become a Mentor
If you are looking for a reason to give back or considering how you can make a difference, just take a look at the news. Just last weekend in Chicago, seven people were murdered and 41 were shot; or look at Philadelphia where 23 public schools will be closed come fall, but construction of a $400 million prison is underway. Wherever you look there is someone who needs you; our youth are in desperate need of direction and support and the places where this support has traditionally been including the school, are closing. One of the causes most close to our hearts at BlackCelebrityGiving.com is that of mentoring – you can make a difference in someone’s life, simply by being a positive role model in their life. Here are 10 Reasons to Become a Mentor!
Most mentor/mentee relationships happen between someone in an older generation, coaching someone in a younger generation. If you’re mentoring someone younger than you, realize that it can be a productive experience for both sides, as each generation can come to understand the other’s motivations, career goals, and attitudes. You can learn so much from young people, so in essence while you’re serving as mentor, you’re also connecting with younger people, learning how they think, what resonates with them, and that’s a powerful tool!
Who knows? Perhaps you’re in a business career, but being a mentor can open doors and create insight you never knew you had. Don’t be surprised if you suddenly find a passion for teaching, coaching or empowering mentoring at a greater level and starting your own nonprofit! By looking at your job through a mentee’s eyes, you gain outside perspective that could help you answer some tough questions about your career.
Remember, as a child or even as as adult, there was someone who helped you make it through. I can remember being in college and being so confused and stressed out and having one of my mentors there to bridge the gap for me. By acting as a mentor, you can help make the transition easier on someone else.
When you serve as a mentor you can increase the probability that the mentee will eventually become a mentor themselves.
Chances are, as their first point of contact within an industry, your mentee will look up to you and your experience. Whether you realize it or not, mentors have a huge influence on a mentee’s career (and life) outlook. Mentors have the opportunity to build up someone’s skill set and confidence – and that’s a relationship not easily forgotten. Not to mention, the idea of enlightening another person’s life will always add additional happiness to yours.
Our communities are often portrayed in the media as negative, there is a strong absence of positive black males in the lives of our youth. According to a study by the University of Wisconsin; four major youth pathogens including juvenile crime/delinquency, teen pregnancy, teen drug abuse and school dropout correlated with fatherlessness more than any other socioeconomic factor! You could be the father in the life of someone and help reduce these statistics!
There is something that each one of us is passion about; we’re unique and there is only “one” of us. Our passions sometimes go unspoken or kept our little secrets! Mentoring is an excellent chance to share your passions with someone else. Are you a great bargain shopper? Do you love to travel? Have a love of technology? Get excited about mentoring! Share your tips, show your mentee what you love and who knows? They may find their passion in your passions.
Teen pregnancy, gang violence, bullying, drug abuse (and the list goes on are just some of the many issues we are dealing with in today’s society. Social change is about creating change today for a better tomorrow, and mentoring is key. Serve as a mentor and help guide our youth in the right direction.
Think back to when you were a youngster, did you know everything? The answer is no and, truthfully, our young people need guidance in setting and achieving goals! You can help build their self-esteem, encourage them to be all they can be and possibly be the most positive person in their life.
My father was a mentor to young boys since as early as I can remember. A few years ago one of his mentees contacted him after many years, telling my dad that he had inspired him to become a teacher. My dad tells the story all the time; it is perhaps one of his greatest achievements and all it took was some extra time.
Three Places You Can Get Involved With to Start Mentoring Now:
- Project Boss is looking for positive business women to serve as mentors to young women! Be sure to check them out.
- Join Michael Baisden on his quest for getting more mentors! Michael Baisden needs role models that will broaden our youth’s perception of what life has to offer by motivating them to resist negative peer pressure and develop a positive self-image. Both male and female mentors are needed!
- One of the oldest organizations around is Big Brothers, Big Sisters; chances are there is an office in your city.
Black Celebrity Giving (BCG) was created by Jasmine Crowe in 2011. The idea for the site came from the vivid awareness of a lack of media coverage of not only black celebrities, but also black people doing positive things to impact our communities. Jasmine has always enjoyed volunteer work and has aligned with causes that include: girls, mentoring, going green, literacy, childhood obesity, cancer research, high school dropout prevention and countless other causes close to her heart. Jasmine is actively involved in fostering social change through her nonprofit consulting services and speaking engagements. Her number one goal for BCG is to remain committed to providing conscious content and making sure BCG plays its role in changing the world. Follow them on Twitter: @BlkCelebGiving