A mentor is a wise and trusted guide and adviser. But in some situations we get them confused with heroes.
A hero is a person distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength.
When I think of mentors in my life and in the ChatterGirls program, they often seem to be a hero as well, so I decided to dig a bit deeper.
In ChatterGirls we utilize mentors in each of the five themed sessions. These are young ladies who volunteer their time, who are over 16 years old, who have decided to share their experience, wisdom, challenges and confidence with the girls of ChatterGirls. They receive the trust from the young girls by sharing their personal stories and help the young girls share theirs. They guide the girls to seek within themselves and advise them of what could be different if they trusted themselves.
I’d consider these young ladies (ChatterGirls mentors) heroes because it takes great courage and strength to share your struggles. They do become idols to the ChatterGirls participants.
ChatterGirls gives every young girl an opportunity to have a mentor and hero! And to become one too!
Each mentor is my hero too because they give what no other can, themselves, and that helps the girls.
These mentors have gone on to study so that they may continue the work as mentors in so many other ways. Some mentors have gone on to study teaching, counseling and physical therapy.
Do you know a young women who could change a ChatterGirls life?
Please think about the mentors or heroes in your life. These are life changing relationships that can truly alter your state of mind and create new opportunities in every aspect of your life.
Are you a mentor? Are you someone’s hero? I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on how you can serve others in a positive role.
January is National Mentoring Month. Let’s honor our mentors and the role they’ve played in our world.