[men¦tor] An experienced and trusted guide.
“Mentoring describes a relationship between an older, more experienced adult and an unrelated, younger protégé or mentee, characterized by on-going guidance, instruction, and encouragement provided by the adult and aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee.”
Jean Rhodes, 2002
Mentors show their mentees that someone cares about them – about their well-being, goals, and dreams for the future. Mentors help establish a positive outlook and stable personal relationships, develop life skills, set career and life goals, improve interpersonal skills and increase self-esteem. Mentors help young people succeed in school and in life by sharing their experience and talents. The benefits of mentoring are well known: It gives the less experienced, insight and support, while passing down wisdom and valuable knowledge.