How to be a wise guide on the side

The Covid pandemic continues to rage across our global community and there are few signs that it will end any time soon, despite the major push for people to be vaccinated. There are still too many unknowns about this pandemic. However, there is one definite ‘known’ and that is that the world will never be the same. We have to start thinking laterally and explore ways to see ‘all’ members of our global community reach their potential.

As we reflect on this with regard to the development of our youth, Professor Jean Rhodes shares some interesting viewpoints in a recent article containing the opinions of some youth mentoring experts, an article worth reading.

Build meaningful relationships

We must take seriously the comments about inequality, diverse youth issues, ending global poverty and the impact of online youth mentoring, as examples. We should not forget that all our young people crave meaningful relationships in which they feel unconditionally loved and cared for, know that their opinions and ideas are respected and listened to, and that their lives have meaning and purpose.

I have long held the view that every adult can become a significant and positive influence in the lives of our youth, and that we all have the positive spirit of mentoring qualities within – empathy, humility, enthusiasm, able to nurture, integrity,  inspiration, motivation and many more. However, many of us need guidance on how to further develop these qualities and how to use them effectively to create meaningful relationships with our youth.

I have spent the past five years collating all my resources and offering free ebooks, writing other youth mentoring material, writing these blogs and posting daily words of encouragement on my Facebook mentoring page and Instagram. I have also converted over fifty blogs into short Youtube video clips which are freely available. For those who want to understand youth better through listening to short podcasts, I developed 260 short Mentoring Minutes podcasts that will meet those needs.