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How to Become a Mentor

Make a difference in someone else’s life by being a mentor.


  • Step 1: Check for opportunity Look for volunteer opportunities online and in your community, and choose one that's right for you. For example, if you volunteer at a school, you can help teach students the importance of education.
  • Step 2: Mentor a co-worker Mentor a co-worker by helping them set career goals. Teach them how to improve their performance at work. Be available when they need guidance and support.
  • TIP: Be a role model by maintaining a positive attitude.
  • Step 3: Mentor a friend, family member, or neighbor Mentor someone already close to you such as a child who lives in your neighborhood, a relative, or an acquaintance. Offer to help rather than waiting for them to ask.
  • TIP: Giving support, being a friend, and listening are a few traits of a good mentor.
  • Step 4: Take time Take the time to get to know your mentee. Take an interest in what is important to them.
  • FACT: Kids who attend schools that teach self-discipline and motivation are less likely to commit crimes and more likely to finish high school.

You Will Need

  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Time

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