Pay it Forward How to be a mentor.

Pay it Forward How to be a mentor.

Issue 39

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Arts & Culture

  • Words Stephanie Phillips
  • Artwork Katrien De Blauwer

At crucial junctures in life, many people have been guided toward the light by the hand of an experienced advisor. A well-chosen mentor can bring direction to young people lost in an increasingly fraught job market. For the mentors, meanwhile, working with young people can be a way to not only give back, but to learn new things. Canadian academic Roxanne Reeves, who has both studied mentorship and frequently mentored others, shares her tips on supporting a young person. 

What life experience or professional qualities do you think a mentor should draw on? And what should a mentee bring to the relationship?
I think foundationally you should examine your philosophy or ideas around moral virtue and ethical behavior. If you’re mentoring youth, it’s really important to focus on serving with...

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