Adults Need Mentors Too

adults how to mentoring May 13, 2020
 

I recently received an email from a dear friend asking me if I can help her find a mentor. I work with teens weekly via my nonprofit Mogul Academy pairing young people up with individuals that are doing the things the kids want to do when they grow up. My network is huge, so I have the resources and relationships to connect people. I've never been asked by an adult to pair them with a mentor- but the notion uncovered a major stigma that may have been the reason for a lack of asking.

As adults, we were raised to believe that once you grow up, you figure it all out on your own because that's what adults do. That's a drastic difference from what and how we were raised. We were raised with authority figures within every realm of our life and once the teen is dropped from your age and or you graduate from college -that leadership is gone, but we don't stop growing and learning. We, as adults still need guidance and people to make sure we are heading in the right...

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When Mentoring Goes Wrong: 3 Tips For Mentor Therapy

mentoring May 08, 2020

Being a mentor is hard. You're an alternate parent to a young person. You’re there to fill in the gaps where the progenitor may need assistance, due to a lack of resources, time, and familiarity. As the founder of an educational program called Mogul Academy, which serves urban youth through flash and digital mentoring, I see the “ins and outs” of the mentoring service continuously. The one question I get from individuals that are afraid to commit is, “How do I end the relationship if we aren't compatible?”

I’ve served as a mentor for the majority of my life. I was mentoring my peers and went on to mentor people younger and older than me. My passion allowed me to see potential in everyone I met, and sometimes I overlooked red flags that eventually forced me to throw in the towel. No one ever sat me down and showed me how to stop mentoring a child. While working with the Chicago Public School System, Indiana State University, After School...

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