Senior Guard 's Youth Challenge Program

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Recently I was tasked with selecting two influential male mentors for my teenaged son to attend The Mississippi National Guard’s Youth Challenge Program. Within my selection process, I needed mentors who could help my son grow and develop into a prosperous young man, who would understand his purpose in life. Before I started my expedition of seeking a mentor, I had to seriously think about the qualities I needed my son’s mentors to possess as well as how he would benefit from the mentoring experience. Selecting a mentor was a new experience for me and there were a number of issues I had to consider in an effort for them to obtain a successful mentor / mentee relationship. Mentor is defined as someone who teaches or gives help and…show more content…
There were probably several who played different roles and assisted you learning different things. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 ESV (Bible Gateway) Establishing an effective mentoring relationship reminds me of the ancient African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child," meaning that the work of raising a child cannot be done alone; an entire community must participate in providing extensive social support that child rearing necessitates. It is very rare for children in any society to grow into functioning adults without some kind of interacting from the community at large. Who can mentor, and what can they provide? Mentors are influential, senior organizational members with advanced experience and knowledge committed to providing perception to a mentee’s career development. A mentor supports a mentee’s views of self within a work role as well as it supports the mentor’s sense of self for the valuable wisdom and experience they have to share. God’s primary way of developing leaders was through mentoring. The most positive and effective technique to prepare people for life and leadership is through mentoring. As Christians, we are charged to “help the weak and encourage the timid” and to “serve and care for the flock.” A task impossible for church leaders to personally mentor so they assist prospective mentees in finding qualified godly mentors, as
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