Seniors As Mentors

School is underway, and students are back at their books. Did you know that you can choose to help mentor a student? Many places have programs where you can volunteer to help with studies. It’s a great way to get out and get to know new people, and it gives the student a positive influence in their life.

Mentorship is about much more than just helping a student understand their textbook. You develop a relationship with the student, and you can pass on things you have learned in life so far. You may soon become friends! Some programs focus on outside of school as well.

You can choose to participate in the Foster Grandparent Program and be a mentor to at-risk kids by signing up at www.seniorcorps.org/joining/fgp/index.html . You could talk about life experiences and history from a first-hand perspective by working with this organization: http://www.pahouse.com/veon/lendahand/mentoring.htm . You can even choose to be an email mentor, here: www.sccis.org . And of course, don’t forget to check with local schools if tutoring is an interest to you!