Mentor: To advise or train someone, especially a younger colleague/student
Our mission is to help guide, support, and encouraged youths ages 12-19 through a series of time-limited, confidential group or one-on-one conversations and other life skills activities by being a positive supportive role model.
The goal of a RG MindfulHealth 4 OUR Youth organization is to help students gain the skills and confidence needed to assume responsibility for their own future. Because our youths are at a vulnerable period in their lives, a mentor can be the highlight of a youth’s day. Ages 12-18 are an excellent time for mentors to contribute to a student's life by helping guide them during this transitional period into becoming adults. Mentoring is also an effective tool for shaping organizational culture and closing engagement and generational gaps.
Adolescence is a critical time in youth’s lives where there is a rapid change of growth. This is also the transitional period from a youth to becoming an adult. At this time there are also cognitive changes that occur in addition to the physically and sexual maturation. Developing positive coping skills and decision making skills are necessary for the everyday pressures of school and home environments. At the current time, there are not enough places that provide support and guidance for youths during this difficult time. Every youth has his/her own story and desires to be heard.
RG MindfulHealth 4 OUR Youth will provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment where mentees will listen, encourage and support youths to talk about subjects that may be causing a negative impact within their lives at home, in school, or within the community.
Change: Change is constant. Understanding this concept early in life will benefit youth’s in the following areas:
1. Personal growth You grow and learn new things every time something changes. You discover new insights about different aspects of your life. You learn lessons even from changes that did not lead you to where you wanted to be.
2. Flexibility Frequent changes make you easily adapt to new situations, new environments, and new people. As a result you do not freak out when something unexpectedly shifts.
3. Improvements We all have things in our lives we’d like to improve—finances, job, partner, house, etc. All of us know that nothing will improve by itself. We need to do things differently to make that happen. Without change, there’d be no improvements.
5. The Snowball effect Often we give up because we cannot accomplish the difficult task of making a huge and immediate change. That is when small changes become extremely valuable. One shift at a time, small changes will eventually lead you to the desired big one.
6. Strength Not all changes lead you to pleasant periods of life. Unfortunately we do not live in fairy tale and sad things happen, too. Overcoming the tough periods of adolescent development will make them stronger.
7. Progress Changes trigger progress. Things move forward and develop because of changes.
8. Opportunities One never knows what each change may bring. When you turn from your usual path there will be plenty of different opportunities waiting for you. Changes will bring new choices for happiness and fulfillment.
9. New beginnings Each change is a turning page. It is about closing one chapter and opening another one. Changes bring new beginnings and excitement to life.
10. Routine Routine is difficult to break. The temptation to avoid or resist the change is difficult but necessary in order to get to different places in life.
One goal our organization will be working towards is working with schools so there is more mental health awareness for the students and teachers with the hope of decreasing the stigmas of mental health
"Sometimes the worst place you can be at is in your own head." -author unknown