Pamela L. Henderson is a mentor, an inspirational leader , and the founder of All Roads 65 Max. She was even honored as a Women In Empowerment in 2019. She thrives to see today’s youth excel in academics, sports, arts, and community involvement. One of the main essential services they provide the youth of today is a mentoring service.
The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term
These relationships contribute to a host of benefits for both the mentors and the mentees. These benefits include:
- Increased high school graduation rates
- Lower high school dropout rates
- Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
- Better attitude about school
- Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
- Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
- Improved behavior, both at home and at school
- Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
- Improved interpersonal skills
Benefits for the Mentors
- Increased self-esteem
- A sense of accomplishment
- Creation of networks of volunteers
- Insight into childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood
- Increased patience and improved supervisory skills
Mentoring can help youth as they go through challenging life transitions
These life transitions can include dealing with stressful changes at home or transitioning to adulthood. Close, healthy, supportive relationships between mentors and mentees that last for a significant portion of time (i.e., more than one year) are central to success (Jekielek et al., 2002; Rhodes & DuBois, 2006).
It only takes one person to make a change
Mentors can help young people expand their career interests and encourage steps to achieve their goals. They’re able to help with homework, advocate for school attendance, and help their mentee set higher education goals. They are there to help youth believe that they can create a future they want and need.
In every caterpillar, a butterfly is waiting to spread its wings, flourish and soar to greatness
The caterpillars are the young generation of our world. In every young person exists greatness waiting to be unleashed. They are the ones who will be taking over the leadership of our country in the years to come. They need to have a positive presence in their lives and unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to receive from family or friends.
Mentors can serve as a source of guidance and support to help young people reach this greatness by assisting a young person in goal setting and providing motivation.
Succumbing to the pressures of society
Young people can sometimes feel pressured to fit into the same mold and can be expected to conform to limited ideas of success and greatness introduced to them through social media and peers. Since mentoring is such a unique process, it helps each young person to realize their unique abilities, talents ,and strengths.
Each young person needs to realize the unique ways in which they can contribute to the society around them.
Lifelong informal education
Learning about oneself can be thought of as lifelong informal education that often has no curriculum or duration. However, young people start getting to know themselves before heading out into the world as adults. The unique process of mentoring gives a young person the personal space to discover things about themselves which they can use later on to make these important decisions.
A mentor can also act as a valuable sounding board since they have the advantage of experience, and they can help steer a young person in making profound discoveries about themselves.
A mentor can challenge a young person’s aspirations
We live in a world where young people are inundated with what the ‘ideal future’ is, but rarely are they encouraged to self-reflect and challenge what motivates and inspires them personally. A mentor can challenge a young person’s aspirations and ideas so that they may be better understood.
A mentor can act as a great sense of accountability for a young person to reach their goals and their true potential. They may be held accountable by their teacher for homework but who are they being held accountable for their life choices? If they have an unbalanced family life then this is even more important.
The Importance of a Mentor
This is where a mentor comes in. They can set weekly goals for a young person to ensure that they are reaching those goals or working towards those goals. They can also help their mentee stay on track with their ambitions by providing the unique tools they may need to reach those ambitions.
Whilst many of the benefits of a mentor can to some extent be fulfilled by a parent or sibling, it may be important to a young person that their mentor is from outside of their immediate family. In our experience, most young people derive greater benefits from mentorship when paired with a non-parent mentor, and that they thrive within this unique and valuable relationship.
This is why the work that Pamela and the team at All Roads 65 Max is so important and vital to today’s youth. If you would like to donate money so the imperative work at All Roads 65 Max can continue please click here Donate