Maybe you’ve thought about mentoring a foster youth, but you have doubts about whether you can be a strong role model. While it is an important job, you don’t need advanced degrees or unusual skills. What matters most is being generous and responsible. Find out what it takes to be a great mentor for a child in foster care.
When a child is removed from their biological family and placed in foster care, they have a tough challenge placed upon them. By being a positive influence, you can help them cope with their situation. Your presence and concern can show a child that they are valued just the way they are. When you boost their self-esteem, you help them to prepare them for a brighter and happier future.
A great mentor knows how to communicate with youth. When you listen to their struggles, you help them to feel safe so they can deal with their emotions and avoid risky behavior. Previously at-risk youths who had a mentor are 55% more likely to enroll in college and 130% more likely to hold leadership positions, according to MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. In addition to active listening, a great mentor also provides honest feedback and helps kids to make their own sound decisions.
The longer mentoring relationships last, the deeper the benefits become for both the mentor and the mentee. If you’re willing and able to invest your time and effort in building a strong connection, you’ll be rewarded with a very special experience and the knowledge that you’ve changed a child’s life for the better.
Learn More About Being a Mentor
If you’ve been hesitating to become a mentor, take the first step today. Being warm and supportive matters more than your material wealth or having a high-powered career. Contact us at TFI Kids Fund. Together we can make a difference by advocating for children displaced from their biological families.