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Mentor Match of the Month: Anette & Stephanie, Aurora Central High School, Class of 2018

Stephanie
I have been with BHGH for 2 years
Junior

  1. What is it like being a mentee?

Being a mentee is like being a student, in a way. You learn about being an adult, and more life lessons from your mentor. It’s like being a student who is learning about life instead of math and science.

  1. What have you enjoyed most about your mentoring relationship so far?

I have enjoyed the interaction between my mentor and me.  I like that she treats me as if I’m already a mature adult, not as a teen. Also, I like that she can actually relate to me as a teen. I like that she is honest with me, and doesn’t ‘sugar coat’ anything.

  1. What types of activities do you do together?

We just go out and basically have fun. So far, we have gone out to eat, to the pool, and mini golfing. We are trying to just break the ice a bit still, but we already have a nice friendship. We are trying to just really hang out, so where we go or what we do doesn’t really matter.

  1. How do you feel like having a mentor/mentee has benefited you?

Having a mentor has benefited me because it gives me a chance to truly see how adulthood is. I have an example from someone who is not family, which gives me a better perspective of life and maturity. Also, I benefit from having a mentor by having another adult in my life that I know I can count on.

  1. Do you feel like your life is any different now than it was before you had a mentor/mentee?

My life is still relatively unchanged, however it has changed a bit. I just have another person in my life that I care for. My mentor has impacted my life, and that will continue. The change is a nice one. I enjoy her company and having her as a friend and someone I can look up to and count on.

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Name:  Anette

How long have you been involved with BHGH? 3 Months

Age: 26

Profession: Teen Activities Director with Commerce City Rec Center

  1. How did you get involved with BHGH?

I attended a “friendraiser” by Aurora Youth Options, a BHGH partner.  I am always interested in sharing as much I know about life as possible, so I signed up to be a mentor.

  1. What made you want to become a mentor?

As an adult I feel like I would have made a lot better decisions as a teen and in life in general if I had better guidance.  I want to do that for someone else.

  1. What have you enjoyed most about your mentoring relationship so far?

The thing I’ve enjoyed the most in this relationship, is how much Steph reminds me of me.  It is like mentoring my younger self – haha.

  1. What types of activities do you do together?

My mentee and I are super boring, but it’s ok.  We mostly just talk when we hang out.  We like to spice it up with active activities from time to time like swimming and mini golf.

  1. How do you feel like having a mentor/mentee has benefited you?

It definitely feels good to share knowledge with a younger mind but it is awesome to have a younger mind to sponge off of as well.

  1. Do you feel like your life is any different now than it was before you had a mentor/mentee?

We are only three months in so things are not too different for me yet.  My mentee is so awesome that it is only a matter of time before she makes big waves in my life.

  1. What would you say to adults who are thinking about mentoring? Why would you recommend it?

When you go into being a mentor it can feel like you will be the one doing all the schooling but that is certainly not the case.  I feel like I am already learning from my Mentee.  Also, for those who feel like they may not have much to give, you would be surprised how far just your time can go with a youth.  I would recommend it because knowing your presence makes a difference to someone else, will make you different!