Lindsay Palmer, Program Director
“80% of success is just showing up” – Woody Allen
When it comes to mentoring, truer words have never been spoken.
Often times when speaking with people about Teach One to Lead One and the role of our volunteer mentors, I get a response like “That’s great! I could never be a mentor though. I’m not a parent or a teacher”.
In order to be an effective mentor with Teach One to Lead One, you DO NOT NEED:
- A degree in education
- A gregarious personality
- Extensive childcare experience
- Kids of your own
- Tons of time
- Experience in lesson planning
- All of the answers
You do, however, need to have a heart for kids and be able to show up consistently for them when everything else in their life is inconsistent.
If you make the decision to mentor at-risk kids with T1L1, you will receive a mentor curriculum binder that is as organized and explicitly written out as possible. You will also receive all the materials necessary to carry out all of the activities and games with students. You will be on a team with others mentors too, and will work together to deliver that curriculum. Best of all… I am here to support you and provide you with all the tools and guidance you need to be successful.
Still not convinced? Think about it this way. If you “mess up”, don’t worry about it! It’s good for kids to see that adults make mistakes too. Not good at speaking in front of groups? No stress! Being vulnerable and talking about your fears is empowering for teenagers.
Our goal, as the staff of T1L1 in Maricopa County, is to make the experience as simple and straightforward as possible for those of you who make the weekly sacrifice to invest in kid’s lives, so that you can confidently commit to showing up for them.
Take the Risk this year, and consider sacrificially donating an hour a week to students who need you the most.