Mentoring 101

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is at the heart of what we do at Blueprint 58. Our organization is deeply rooted in the scripture Isaiah 58:12: “Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.” We believe this will primarily be accomplished in the context of relationships. Our mission is to empower youth to grow into community leaders through mutually transformational relationships. This definition of mentoring may be different from the pre-conceived notions you may have of a mentor teaching their mentee in what is primarily an one-way relationship. Rather, we believe that our students have as much (if not more) to teach their mentors about life, about unconditional love, about patience, about culture, about hardship and resilience, and about the love of Christ.

What makes a “good” mentor?

I think we probably all have different ideas of what it takes to be an effective mentor. In our head, we think that maybe if we were better at talking to kids, more successful, more outdoorsy, more (you fill in the blank). But here at Blueprint 58, we believe the only defining factor of a good mentor is consistent presence. Your job is to support, guide and to set an example for how a follower of Christ acts and serves others. Most of the time this just looks like showing up, again and again. Your actions will always speak louder than your words, and the investment of your own life into theirs will impact your student forever.

The Role of a Mentor:

  • Walk with a young person and develop an ongoing, one-to one relationship
  • Serve as a role model, advocate, advisor and friend
  • Be a good listener
  • Be respectful of differences
  • To communicate with your student (via phone, email, letter) once a week, and meet with your
  • student face-to-face at least 4-6 hours per month.
  • Pray for your student on a regular basis
  • To walk along-side your student until they finish high school

Requirements to become a Mentor:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Complete a Blueprint 58 Mentor application
  • Complete a background check
  • Personal interview with our staff
  • Provide three personal references
  • Attend mentor training

Click Here to Become a Mentor!

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