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Mentorship in Action: A Day in the Life of a Youth Trainee

Mentors use an array of skills to help develop their mentees. From using skills like leadership, to active listening, there are multiple ways to help one's mentees grow. Empathy, conflict resolution, organization, and leadership are just some of the skills that are needed to succeed as a mentor.


Building trust is important, as well. Due to the nature of the mentor/mentee dynamic, the balance of power is delicate. One must be authoritative, yet approachable and be honest with the mentee. Cooperation and connection between the mentor and the novice will create a better relationship, so that one can help them better. Siobhan says, "The first couple of days we sat in a circle and played games to get to know each other better." These icebreakers helped to start and foster relationships within the group. Relationship building is an integral component of being a mentor, as it helps both parties to understand others.




Active listening is also important, for it shows respect for what either party is saying. Aurora says, "Active listening was used when Tina or Emily would talk about what to do or how to do a certain thing." Active listening is useful not only for giving directions, but receiving information as well. Not only does it show respect for what the other person is saying, but it can open one up to constructive feedback on what works and what doesn't.


These skills can all help a mentor grow. Being a mentor is hard, but it is rewarding, as one gets to see the fruits of their labor through their mentees flourishing. Through being a mentor, one can create mentees that will help others and live up to their potential.



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