Importance of Mentors
When my daughter was in fourth grade, the principal of her school noticed that she was a talented writer. From that year on, the principal worked with her and encouraged her to write. She found contests for my daughter to enter and followed through by spending time with her, helping her to meet deadlines and continue writing. As my daughter grew, so did her writing.
In high school, a neighbor who was a journalist offered to help mentor my daughter on a weekly basis. She met with my daughter once a week in her home, and the two of them would be up way past midnight discussing quality literature.
My daughter went on to get into Johns Hopkins University, in her junior year of high school and skipped her senior year in order to study in the school’s prestigious Writing Seminars program. Today she is a mom to 5 children, and this two major things happened – a literary agent offered to represent her first novel, and she was offered a job working at a literary agency.
I credit much of her success to having had two wonderful mentors in her life who guided and encouraged her natural writing ability.
In an article by Samuels,
(Samuels, S. (2008). Beating the Odds: Giving Kids a Chance to Win the Game of Life. In R. Fink, & S. Samuels (Eds.), Inspiring Reading Success (pp. 1-18). Newark, DE: International Reading Association. )
With the season of giving upon us, maybe we should look at the tremendous opportunity we have to give a child the gift of having a Mentor in their lives.
Perhaps we should look at ways we can mentor a child we know, or find a mentor for our own child. The act of mentoring is a gift that has lasting impact far into the future of a child. Let us all find it deep in ourselves to give this special gift of our time and abilities to a child.