I know from talking with many women in the Sixty and Me community that youth mentoring can, quite literally, change your life. When you help kids and teenagers to get a good start, you end up bringing meaning into your own life.

Of course, youth mentoring is not without its challenges. Many women have also told me that they left conversations in tears, unable to reach the person that they were trying to help. These women explained that, while the experience was still positive, they weren’t prepared for the emotional ride that mentoring can take you on.

One woman in particular told me that she wished she had talked to other mentors before she joined a program. This would have helped her to prepare emotionally and practically for the kinds of situations she would face.

What Advice Would You Give for New Mentors?

This got me thinking. We have over 500,000 women over 60 in our community. I’m sure that there must be 1000s of us who are involved in mentoring in some way. As a result, I’d love to get a conversation started about youth mentoring. Hopefully, by sharing our ideas, successes and learnings, we can encourage more people to get involved with this important activity.

To kick things off, I have a few specific questions to ask about mentoring. If you are currently, or have been, a mentor, please join the conversation and answer as many of these questions as you like.

How did you get involved with mentoring?

What do you think are some of the main benefits of mentoring, particularly youth mentoring?

How did you choose the age group that you wanted to work with?

Do you work with individuals or groups?

What kind of time commitment should a new mentor expect to make?

What were the biggest challenges that you faced as a mentor? How did you deal with them?

What one piece of advice do you wish someone had given you before you started out as a mentor?

What are the best places to find youth mentoring opportunities?

If you are involved in youth mentoring, we’d love to hear from you! Please join the conversation below.

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