Welcome back to the March Mentor Minute! We hope that these weekly posts encourage and challenge you as a mentor to make the most of the time that you invest in the next generation. We believe that mentoring is a powerful way that we can make a difference in our communities and our schools.
One student at a time.
One adult at a time.
One hour at a time.
If you are a Be the One mentor, you know the power of one hour. One hour a week one-on-one with a student doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a worthwhile investment of time. And, if you make the most of it, it truly is powerful.
For the rest of March, we are going to talk about four powerful ways we can make the most of the hour we spend with the students we mentor. And, we’re going to start with the power of presence. As mentors, we cannot underestimate the power of presence in students’ lives.
When you show up, your presence shows that you care.
When you sit and listen, your presence communicates empathy.
When you laugh together, your presence brings joy.
And, when you keep coming back week after week, your presence reminds your student that they are not alone.
So, don’t underestimate the power of your presence!
Together, we can make a difference in students’ lives today, and a powerful investment in our communities that will last for years to come. Check back next week for another powerful way we can make the most of the hour we spend with the students we mentor.
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.