Finding an adult to mentor you during middle or high school may sound difficult at first, but you have more power to make this happen than what you might imagine.
UNDERSTAND PURPOSE OF MENTORING
A mentor is interested in your success, not just in school but in life. They encourage you to find your own answers rather than telling you what to do. They see and understand you in a unique way.
DEFINE YOUR GOALS AND CHALLENGES
Consider your current goals related to school, friendships, interests, or career. What personal or learning challenges do you face? If you lack goals, or feel lost, that’s okay. Maybe your goal is to discover yourself and what’s important to you.
FIND A MENTOR WHO KNOWS YOU
Mentoring relationships most often evolve through your existing social networks. Who do you most admire? Why? Who might best support your goals?
ASK FOR WHAT YOU
Most adults, when asked to mentor a young person, feel honored. Ask for 30 minutes of initial time with your top choice and show up ready to have a productive conversation.
HELP BUILD A POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP
Mentoring is not one-sided. Your mentor will learn as much from you as you do from them. Be open, respectful, and honest. Ask questions. Learn what your mentor values.