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8 Ways Mentorships Benefit Everyone

8 Ways Mentorships Benefit Everyone

Giving your time to help others can be a wonderful commitment, especially in a mentor/mentee program. Whether you’re mentoring school children, someone in need or a young professional in your own organization, mentoring is dedicated work.

A mentorship program has more in store than just for the mentee. If you’re not sure whether mentoring is right for you, take a look at these eight ways becoming a mentor can benefit you.

 

1. Give back to the community.

Becoming a mentor in the community is an excellent way to give back in a unique and challenging way. When you mentor fellow community members, you give them the chance to develop and grow, therefore strengthening the community as a whole. Not to mention, you continue to live and grow in an altruistic lifestyle.

 

2. Help a struggling neighbor.

Whether your mentee is a young child or an older adult, you have the opportunity to help guide a struggling member of your community. Provide valuable advice, work through challenges and encourage mentees to achieve. When you help someone in need, you in turn fill your own life with positivity.

 

3. Share your knowledge.

Mentorship gives you the chance to share your own experiences and life knowledge with a fellow human being. Did you overcome your struggle with chemistry homework in high school? Share your memories with your mentee! Do you use a planner to help coordinate and organize your life for school? Tell your mentee that too. As a mentor, you can help spread valuable knowledge to others.

 

4. Learn from someone else.

Not only does mentorship help mentees learn, but you can learn from mentees as well. Let them share their life stories and experiences with you, and gain valuable knowledge from viewpoints you may never have been exposed to otherwise. When two people come together, knowledge is compiled and shared.

 

5. Build relationships.

Nothing is more valuable than relationships, and mentoring allows you to build a new relationship. Whether this relationship is peer-based, work-based or familial, you can gain a new life-impacting connection with someone. And when you build a new relationship with one person, you create a web of interlocking relationships with others.

 

6. Practice active listening.

Active listening is a skill few people have mastered, but by mentoring you can learn. Practice your active listening skills with your mentee and learn to focus on the here and now. Not only will this help your personal life, but your professional life will benefit from your strengthened active listening skills.

 

7. Develop your resume.

If you’re still not sure whether mentoring is right for you, take this into consideration: being a mentor looks great on a resume. You can demonstrate to future employers your philanthropic work and altruistic attitude toward helping the community, then land the job you’ve been hoping for.

 

8. Advance your leadership.

Leadership is an invaluable skill to have both personally and professionally. Becoming a mentor for someone in need gives you the chance to develop your leadership skills. If you’re struggling to be organized or responsible, mentorship helps you grow in these leadership roles. You can then become a stronger leader in whatever area you choose.

Mentoring a child, peer or coworker can be a challenge, but the benefits far outweigh the time commitment. If you’re looking to advance your personal and professional life toward a more altruistic lifestyle, consider becoming a mentor. You get to help someone in need while they in turn enhance your life as well.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


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A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

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