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National Mentoring Month Part 2: Five Reasons to Mentor

15 January 2015
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Many successful people credit mentors who have made a big difference in helping them achieve educational and career goals. Mentors provide valuable information and support to mentees and in doing so create a lasting relationship.  For National Mentoring Month we are highlighting the top 5 reasons to become a mentor

1. The opportunity to positively change an adult learners life

Mentoring gives you the extraordinary opportunity to work one-on-one with an adult learner to facilitate their educational, professional and personal growth by sharing experiences and knowledge. As a mentor, you become a support system for someone who might not have positive influences or guidance in their life.

2. Enhance your skills

While the primary focus of mentoring is to benefit a mentee, mentors can gain many benefits as well. Mentoring can help you strengthen your leadership skills, while enhancing your communication skills. These skills are easily transferable to your job and can enhance your resume.

3. Take part in building a better community

With an estimated 550,000 adults in Philadelphia functioning below basic adult education levels, there is a great need for mentors to support their education process. By helping adult learners reach their education and career goals you are helping them to qualify for family-sustaining jobs and post-secondary education.

4. Create a relationship with an adult learner

The life you end up changing could be your own. By creating a supportive relationship with a learner you will be presented with both challenges and rewards.

5. Discounts and Scholarship Opportunities

By mentoring an adult learner you can pursue your own education with tuition discounts and scholarships. Mentors with the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy receive tuition discounts of 10-40% at Drexel University Online. Mentors are also eligible for a $1500 scholarship to Peirce College.

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