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You don't have to be perfect to be a mentor.

Juan-watermark Gosh, mentoring plays such an important role in the lives of so many young people in our community. I have been doing it for over 20 years. I used to be very methodical about it – making sure that I did everything correctly. I wanted to be perfect in the eyes of my mentee. I failed miserably. As I mentored more, I realized that being a mentor is just being who you are – warts and all. I wanted to show the young man that life has its ups and downs and that life is full of decisions.

Being an African-American male, I felt that I was particularly qualified to tell the young mentee they will have many difficult decisions to make and that they will make mistakes. Some mistakes will be forgotten and some, unfortunately, will be with them for the rest of their lives.

I always tell them to think before they act.  I know this is difficult. It is difficult for me to even to do today.  Mentoring can change lives.

Posted by guest blogger, Juan Wade.

This blog is part of a Blog Marathon aimed to bring awareness to our community of the current needs for mentors and tutors.  Visit www.cvillevolunteer.org to learn about how YOU can make a difference in the life of a child.


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