||Mentoring High Risk Kids|
Booklet, 56 pp.
Author: James Becker
Publisher: Hazelden / Johnson Institute
Published Year: 1994
List Price: $6.95 Each
Online Price: $6.25 Each
Nearly all of us can look back on our lives and remember some significant adult who gave us a special feeling about ourselves, a special boost. Someone who encouraged and supported us and taught us to trust our own wisdom. Someone who helped us expand our horizons beyond what we had thought possible. These are the gifts of mentorship.
In the past, the role of mentor has fallen to teachers, parents, and extended family. Through contact with these adults, kids develop a personal sense of security and competence. Kids see that someone cares. Usually, insecure and unsuccessful adults carry inside themselves an uncertainty as to their own worth. Such people cannot immediately recall the feeling of knowing that someone cares. Adults who have been attended to and affirmed during childhood and adolescence develop the positive world view and self-esteem essential for happiness and success later in life.
Today's youth have different challenges than in the past. In the information age of computer games, pagers, and television we often forget the human touch. The heart and soul of youth are often distracted, but not fulfilled. Every child yearns to be listened to and to be recognized for even small accomplishments.
The basic needs of most young people can be met effectively through mentoring. This book talks about what mentoring is and why it works to effect positive and lasting changes in our culture's troubled youth.