The Many Gifts of Mentorship


VALUING MENTORSHIP

#TalkToMe: Understanding the Value of Mentorship
by Rachel Wolfson
Huffington Post

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Image credit: Huffington Post

Huffington Post has just launched a new major video series entitled #TalkToMe, meant to spark meaningful conversations between individuals. In this post, Huffington Post blogger Rachel Wolfson features her mentor, Mylea Charvat, CEO and Founder of Savonix. By way of introducing the video, Wolfson writes that, when confronted with uncertainty and confusion in her own life, she has learned the importance of having a strong mentor. She decided to interview Ms. Charvat for the #TalkToMe video series "in order to raise awareness on the value of mentorship and the impact that it can have on people’s lives (people of all ages)." Does this video speak to you? What are some of the takeaways you might apply to your own life?


EMPOWERMENT THROUGH MENTORSHIP

Image credit: Vicky Leta / Mashable

Image credit: Vicky Leta / Mashable

4 ways colleges can empower student entrepreneurs to change the world
by Donna E. Shalala
mashable.com

While attending the Clinton Global Initiative University for the first time, Clinton Foundation president Donna Shalala found herself inspired by the global concerns of the young attendees. She writes: "They are doing things like earning money while distributing solar lights in remote towns in Nicaragua, providing zero-interest loans to low-income fish farmers in Nepal and building apps for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the United States. We’re in the midst of a social entrepreneurship boom that’s being led by millennials, many of whom have yet to graduate." But she also stresses that students can’t go it alone and that colleges and universities have both an opportunity and responsibility to help prepare young people for the reality of "starting up." Read her four suggestions here for ways that colleges can prepare and empower student entrepreneurs to change the world. Are you currently a student seeking mentorship as you figure out your path? Have there been times in your life that a relationship with a mentor helped you find your way in the world?


REFOCUSING ON MENTORSHIP

The Lost Art of Mentorship
by Michele Pava
The Good Men Project

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Image credit: variety.com

In this article, blogger Michele Pava reminds us that sometimes we don’t even realize we are being mentored–or that we might be mentoring others. Writing for The Good Men Project, she reflects: "The power of mentorship is palpable; you can literally feel the energy exchange when someone supports and helps you with an outstretched hand." You can read more about her personal experiences with mentorship and reflections here. How do you go about maintaining relationships with mentors in your life?


SURVIVING & THRIVING

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Image credit: muskokaregion.com

Sexual assault survivors to become thrivers with new peer mentorship program
by Alison Brownlee
muskokaregion.com

The gifts of mentorship are not limited to any one realm of our lives. In this inspiring article, we learn about a new survivor-to-survivor peer mentorship program out of Ontario, launched to help victims of sexual assault become resilient survivors and thrivers. “The (program) is a thoughtful approach to helping women as they work through a traumatic period. It’s an initiative that will help women who are isolated to have connections in the community and secure support.” You can read more about the program and the grant funding the initiative here.