To mentor those in poverty, we should learn lessons from Jiminy. First, mentors must remain active. If you’re not regularly checking-in on your protégé or working to teach he/she lessons, the protégé will not learn what you are trying to teach or he/she may lose respect for you as a mentor. Stay active. Stay seen. Stay helping. Second, mentors must remain patient. It is commonplace to expect others to do what you say, however life and interactions are not that systematic. People tend to take their own paths and make their own mistakes. Stay patient, and remember the role of the mentor is to guide through both good and bad situations. Lastly, mentors must remain trustworthy. This last lesson is twofold. In order to remain trustworthy the mentor must keep the protégé’s secrets confidential and the mentor must lead by example. Trust is necessary for the mentor/protégé relationship to be successful.
Chapter 7 of Bridges Out of Poverty details the inner workings of the mentor/protégé relationship and the importance for mentors in building bridges out of poverty. Reference the chapter, and share your thoughts. What are you doing to be a great mentor?