Impact Manager Courtney Shea on why everyone should have a mentor:
It is always good to know you have someone you can count on to answer your questions and rely on for emotional support. Everyone could use a cheerleader and motivator!
Team Leader Alyssa Mason on Mentorship as it relates to City Year:
Seeing that AmeriCorps members are between the ages of 18-24, I find that there are countless mentoring opportunities to be had within City Year. Along with being a near-peer mentor for students, I think AmeriCorps members are apt to find individuals on staff that can either be a mentor for AmeriCorps members or recommend individuals that work with City Year as potential mentors.
Alyssa would also like to thank her mentor Sarah Leibel:
She was my high school advisor as well as my 9th and 12th grade English teacher. Although I graduated from high school six years ago, Sarah is still a part of my life. Along with supporting me as I transitioned from middle school to high school, and in turn, helping me identify my self worth as a person (and writer), Sarah has, and still continues to, inform me of opportunities that will help me grow as a professional and person. In addition to helping me find my voice, she has helped me find my passion for teaching. For that reason, I would like to thank Sarah for being a constant motivator in my life and for pushing me to "take risks" both inside and outside the classroom.
Ashley Gue on why mentorship is important:
I never felt like I had a mentor during my time in school, so I never realized the importance of having one. But, working as a teacher and now as a City Year CM I have learned how truly beneficial mentorship is. I believe being a mentor shows my students that I care about them and I believe in them. They know that they can depend on me during their best and worst moments. I help them to improve their weaknesses and embrace their strengths. In return, they inspire me to improve myself so that I can be the best role model possible for them. I motivate my students to succeed and in return I am motivated to succeed myself. I firmly believe that the mentor can experience just as many benefits as the mentee.
Bethany Reppert on her personal experiences with mentoring:
Having a mentor was important to me in college, especially after transferring to a new school. I loved having someone to talk to who had been in the same situation I'd been in before. Her advice was really valuable to me and gave me more confidence in myself. I try to be available in the same way for all of my students, not just my focus list students.
Suzanna Lossio on being a mentor:
A good mentor is not a friend. A good mentor holds the highest expectations for their pupil, and does not waver on them. They realize when they need to push boundaries, and do so in a positive and powerful manner. Being a mentor shows you that you do not need to be an ideal person to make a difference in another person's life. If you are a mentor to someone, you are able to identify your own weaknesses in how you interact with the person you are working with. In trying to model positive behaviors, you begin to create changes within yourself that could very well last beyond the mentoring relationship.