January is National Mentoring Month. I read many inspiring stories, and talked to many people about the importance of mentoring. Then I took a minute to think about what that really means, and how the mentors in my life have made such an impact and helped shaped me to the person I am today. Then I sat down and thought a little harder, and realized that thanks to those people in my life, I am now a mentor. And am trying to be a good one at that.
A mentor is someone that places personal investment in the mentee. They see the potential that others might not, and are your number one cheerleader. I don’t know what I would have done had I not had some pretty amazing cheerleaders in my life! Going from an invisible teen mother who people had lost faith in, to this confident adult was not easy. But you have to give credit where credit’s due. And I take this time to thank my wonderful ladies for taking the time, putting their faith in me, and cheering me on. I feel so proud and without that encouragement I wouldn’t be here today.
As I embarked on my journey to success, I took a look back at what made a difference for me and thought that it was my turn to give back. While I’m not by any means where I would like to be, I realize that I can help others. I joined the Board of Directors of Generation Hope and was fortunate enough to have been asked to become a mentor. What an honor it is for me to be given the opportunity to be someone’s very own “cheerleader.” To be given the responsibility and be trusted with the fact that I can help an amazing young mother achieve her full potential, because she has it deep within her. I feel proud, but I feel more proud of what she is doing. She’s an amazing mother, student, and person. Seeing her grow is so rewarding and I am honored to be a witness to it.
Mentoring is a long term investment; you’re making a difference in one person, who will then pass it on to someone else, and continue a wonderful cycle of giving back. Thank you to all those mentors of young parents, you really are touching many lives and are making a huge difference!