Thursday, January 01, 2009

January is National Mentoring Month



I have had many a mentor in my life growing up. A person who took a unique interest in me, fostered my growth and guided me onward. I am forever grateful to have known each of them.

As an adult, I have been a mentor to young children and young adults. The experience is so rewarding and meaningful. A grand way of nurturing a young soul.

January is National Mentoring Month . If you live anywhere in the world and are interested in being a mentor, or becoming a mentee, go here or here -- or for that matter, here!

13 comments:

phd in yogurtry said...

Excellent links, thanks. Proving once again the power and the good of the internet. Happy 2009!

Teresa Lynne said...

Thanks for the heads up on this one. A very good cause indeed. I LOVE helping others. I do it all the time and yes it is very, very rewarding.

Welcome back!

Carrie said...

Welcom back, Deb! Best to you in 2009.

Mentoring is one of the fantastic ways that we can pay it forward - in an inexpensive, rewarding, fabulous environment. Good on ya for reminding us all of this opportunity.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Can I add my two cents? I believe with all my heart that my son would have grown up healthier if he had a mentor(s) in his life. He just turned 18 and is currently under evaluation on a 5150 (I know you are familiar with that term). Caring about a kid, being a mentor, could literally be life changing or possible life saving.

Dr. Deb said...

Hey Ph.D.,
THe internet can do many wonderful things.

Teresa,
I find it rewarding on so many levels too.

Carrie,
Mentoring is like the best Pay it Forward!

Barbara,
I do think that being there for a child can change the course of a life. I wish your son had mentors in his life too. It must be hard to go through this with him. As mothers, we can only do so much. We can't be everything to a child, sadly.

SeaSpray said...

I have been blessed with people that mentored me and I have tried to do the same when possible.

it's a hard world out there and just knowing someone cares, unconditionally is amazing..that they think enough of you to spend time, guide and nurture you... well it is a priceless gift.

I think that is why I try to pay it forward. I know how much I was helped.

Casdok said...

I sisters 3 year old has just been diagnosed autistic so i think i will be doing a lot of mentoring!!

Id it is said...

Happy New year to you Deb! Good to see you back; Look forward to many more interesting and informative posts from you this year.
Thanks for the link.

Heidi said...

Hi Deb...It's been a while and I wanted to wish you all thebest of health and happiness im 2009.

Clare said...

Thanks for this Deb and Happy New Year.

Dr. Deb said...

SeaSpray,
It is a great way of paying it forward. I agree.


Casdok,
Having personal experience can be so meaningful, so yes, you will be a mentor, and a wise resource!


Id,
BEst wishes to you too.


Heidi,
Oh, how wonderful to see you.

Clare,
Wishing you a great 2009.

Ian Lidster said...

Mentors are invaluable and thank you for giving this essential component of a successful life a deserved plug.

Queen said...

i would love to become a mentor, it seems so rewarding!