How to offer Encouragement?

As mentors, we all know the power of words. Words can both tear down and build up. Unfortunately, many students are constantly being torn down by words. Sometimes, it comes from a place of dysfunction at home. Other times, it might be through other students bullying them. Or, they may even be tearing themselves down with their own negative self-talk. Speaking words of encouragement is a powerful way that mentors can bring hope and healing to students. Here are a few ways you can do that this month:

  • Write a note of encouragement. With so much of our communication happening electronically, a handwritten note of encouragement may be one of the most effective ways you can brighten your student’s day.
  • Be a cheerleader. A cheerleader cheers for their team whether they are winning or losing. A mentor does the same thing for their student. Encouragement comes when they know we’re on their team no matter what.
  • Be a regular presence. Discouragement often comes when others let us down. Many students have experienced the hurt of broken relationships, whether it’s friends who’ve walked away from them or parents who aren’t a part of their life. They look forward to weekly times with their mentor. And, your consistent presence in their life is a huge encouragement.

Written by Jason, BTO Mentor

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