Be Encouraged (mentoring works!)
A refuge from problems–
A mentee recently shared what she appreciates about her new mentor:
“Spending time with my mentor helps a lot. I can talk to her about my problems and it feels like they fade away when she is with me. I feel a lot better because she helps me sort stuff out. It’s made a huge difference for me.”
This Lynden student has been with her mentor for a only few months!
Be Challenged & Equipped (you can do it!)
Halfway there…when students come back from winter break, the school year is nearly half over. But, the end still feels so far away for many students. And, winter can be a difficult time for them to persevere…to keep on going and not quit. As a mentor, you can Be the One to help keep them going and focused on the end.
Here are a few ways you can encourage your mentee:
- Tell a perseverance story. Share with them a time in your life when you wanted to quit, but kept on going. Talk about the importance of perseverance in your own life.
- Surprise them with a drink from Woods Coffee. It’s winter and it’s cold. They will appreciate it, and a small gesture like that can be a great encouragement to keep going.
- Don’t give up on them. Your perseverance with them shows that you really do care about them and brings them hope when the end of the school year still seems so far away.
Jason Matthews is a youth pastor in Washington State, where he’s been serving students for over 20 years. When he doesn’t have to be in the office, he loves to be outside with his family, hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. He also loves to network with other youth workers.