Mentoring is a powerful way of lending support to a young person by teaching skills, listening to their perspectives and creating a sense of belonging and connection. Spending time with a young person may seem simple, but science tells us that healthy interactions and relationships with supportive adults can boost children’s brain development, mental health, and well-being.
Research tells us that children need a positive adult influence in their lives. Children who engage with adults in developmentally supportive ways are:
The mentorship program at Hull ensures the young people we support have the opportunity to build a healthy relationship with an adult, have a positive role model in their life, develop their strengths and build their self-esteem. At Hull Services, mentors are an integral part of our holistic approach to treatment and care.
“Being a mentor has been an incredibly rewarding experience. The connection I’ve made with my mentee is profound, and it is gratifying to know that our relationship is a building block to their successful future. I would encourage anyone to join the mentorship program, as it has given me a unique perspective on life and a heartening feeling about my role. ” – Emily Lucier, Mentor
A smile can brighten someone’s day, a compliment can make someone feel good – positive interactions affect how our brain develops, which is why it’s important to have positive role models in our life. Our Senior Director of Clinical Advancement & Trauma Informed Services celebrates National Mentoring Month by talking about the importance of mentors in a young person’s life and the correlation between positive relationships and brain development.
Dana Stan is a skateboarder and a mentor. But before she got involved with Hull’s Mentors Matter program, she was neither.
While these dual passions seem somewhat unrelated, the common factor is Abby, the young woman that Stan was connected to when she decided to volunteer. She wanted to offer a young person the kind of support she didn’t have while growing up. “I try to be the person I wish I had to look up to as a teenager. There weren’t a lot of role models for me,” says Stan. “It’s been such an interesting experience. You forget what it’s like to be a teenager — what they struggle with.”Read Full Story Here
Think about a person that made you feel valued and supported, that helped with your self-confidence and growth and saw potential in you. You can be that person for one of our young people in Calgary by volunteering as a mentor with Hull Services.Click here to learn more