I just don't fit in.
I can't decide what to do with my future
Do I want to go to college?
I can't take it at home any more
I feel scared all the time
I want to get off drugs I think I am gay
I might be pregnant NOBODY CARES
I HATE SCHOOL !
Why doesn't anybody listen to me?
Mentor: someone whose hindsight can become your foresight
Mentoring is a life educational model based on the principle of a more experienced mentor guiding his or her student, often called a protege or mentee. Mentoring often involves more than a traditional teacher/student methodology -- mentors may also provide spiritual, emotional or financial counseling for their proteges. A trained educator may not have the time to work one-on-one with students, but a mentoring relationship encourages this level of interaction. Many companies sponsor mentoring programs in order to groom junior employees for future leadership roles.
The mentoring system may go by other names, but it's still the strong bond between mentor and protege that matters. In Japanese business culture, a senior executive called a sempai is often paired with a junior executive called a kohai or kosai. The sempai/kohai relationship is held together by a bond of trust and loyalty. Almost all aspects of the kohai's (junior's) life are carefully scrutinized by the senior sempai. While some Westerners may feel this sempai/kohai relationship crosses the line of effective mentoring, many young executives in Japan look forward to forming a solid sempai/kohai relationship.
Mentoring is not limited to business or political stages. Would-be mentors can now participate in local mentoring programs designed to encourage at-risk students. Based on a model similar to Big Brothers/Big Sisters, these mentoring programs match experienced volunteers with teens seeking career or personal guidance.
"He worked hard at not appearing to be another parent, but was someone who listened, was empathetic to the woes of being 14 and then gently steered me towards my ambitions. I think the most important thing mentors bring to the relationship is neutrality. They are neither parent nor counselor but someone who listens, guides and is non-judgemental.
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