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Being a mentor is a total commitment

Posted by on Apr 1, 2019
Being a mentor is a total commitment

By Ramón López, staff at Youth for Hon­duras

Youth for Hon­duras wish­es to give each one of our youth a men­tor who can walk to­geth­er with the youth in life as a Chris­t­ian com­pan­ion and sup­port­er. This dream is be­gin­ning to see day­light now! We have start­ed a men­tor­ship pro­gram – a fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive that will, hope­ful­ly, bring a lot of bless­ings to the lives of our youth!


Education of our first mentors

To­geth­er with Street Kids Di­rect, who has es­tab­lished men­tor­ship pro­grams for chil­dren in the streets, and Pro­gra­ma Tim­o­teos, which is a net­work of Hon­duran Bap­tist church­es, we are now ed­u­cat­ing our first men­tors.

The train­ing of the men­tors seeks to raise aware­ness, in­struct, and give tools to young peo­ple who want to car­ry out men­tor­ing with our youth. The men­tors learn to sup­port the youth in an ef­fi­cient, con­tin­u­ous, and com­pas­sion­ate way. We be­lieve that these are very im­por­tant key­words when work­ing with youth who have been liv­ing in or­phan­ages.


Mentor mentalities

The per­sons, who are will­ing to serve as men­tors for our youth, are Chris­t­ian youth of Bap­tist church­es in Hon­duras. They have shown lots of love and pas­sion for youth who have left their children’s homes and are now ready to in­flu­ence our youth in many ways.

One of the great­est mo­ti­va­tions for men­tor­ing among our group of men­tors is that they will play an im­por­tant role in an­oth­er person’s life. Each men­tor be­comes that spe­cial per­son who can gen­er­ate a pos­i­tive change for his/her mentee.

All of our men­tors are Chris­tians. This is im­por­tant for us as the men­tors will be able to tell about and take Je­sus into the lives of our youth.


Training process

We ed­u­cat­ed our men­tors dur­ing a two-day train­ing course. Here, the men­tors saw sta­tis­tics of the im­pacts of men­tor­ing. They learned to un­der­stand psy­cho­log­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics, emo­tions, as well as be­hav­iors of youth who have been ex­posed to trau­mat­ic events. Be­ing aware of these facts will help the men­tors when they are in­ter­act­ing with their mentees.

Dur­ing the course the men­tors dis­cov­ered that men­tor­ing is not only to mo­ti­vate an­oth­er per­son on an emo­tion­al lev­el. Men­tor­ing is about the whole per­son and is a to­tal com­mit­ment be­cause this is the way they can make a dif­fer­ence in the long run.


Kelvin Lopez – a mentor testimony

Kelvin Lopez is one of the men­tors who have been trained through the Youth for Hon­duras Men­tor­ship Pro­gram. He states:

The train­ing I re­ceived from Youth for Hon­duras was re­al­ly rel­e­vant and use­ful. The in­for­ma­tion I got about youth from or­phan­ages was clear and pre­cise, and I found the sta­tis­tics pre­sent­ed to us very im­por­tant. I think I can put the in­for­ma­tion into prac­tice when I meet my mentee.

The train­ing has shown me that car­ing for my mentee is very im­por­tant. It is im­por­tant that I do my best so that I cre­ate a pleas­ant and healthy en­vi­ron­ment for my mentee.

Vol­un­teer­ing for me is im­por­tant be­cause of the per­son who re­ceives my help and time. I can do a dif­fer­ence for a per­son who, prob­a­bly, has had few­er op­por­tu­ni­ties than me, less ad­vice than me, and less peo­ple to trust and talk to.

I also think I can be of great sup­port as a men­tor be­cause I study psy­chol­o­gy. This al­lows me to un­der­stand peo­ple more in depth and, there­fore, help them. My life has been very dif­fi­cult. I have learned many things late and this has had its con­se­quences. But af­ter hav­ing learned these things I will nev­er for­get them and I know that my ex­pe­ri­ences are and can be ben­e­fi­cial for peo­ple around me.

In ad­di­tion, the love of Christ al­lows me to love those peo­ple who have had less chances than me – and that same love im­puls­es me to help.”