by Ricardo Harrison, Secondary Youth Studies Specialist:
Over the past couple of months, I have had the awesome opportunity to engage with our high school students with different fun activities such as basketball, team building activities, Six Flags over Dallas, etc. As I continue to strive to mentor these teens through the everyday life challenges, I realize that touching one life can make a big difference.
I’ve been asking myself lately, “What is a good leader? Or maybe just a good mentor?” Mentors should understand they are not meant to replace a parent, guardian or teacher. A mentor is part of a team of caring adults. I work among a great staff here at NCC where we expect our rising students to become the best just by touching each life at a time.
A mentor’s main concern is to help a young person define individual goals and find ways to achieve them. Since the expectations of each teen vary and generations change, we make sure that our job as a mentor is always encouraging and developing a flexible relationship that responds to the young person’s needs.
Have you mentored or touched a life today? Mentoring can be a truly rewarding experience. However, becoming a mentor is a big decision and one that should not to be taken lightly. If you think you’d make a good mentor, we have lots of information about the many opportunities available here at NCC. Let’s touch a life together!