Being a Mentor
Mentoring is a term historically used to describe a teacher-student relationship. Mentor is the name of the person to whom Odysseus (a.k.a. Ulysses) entrusted the care of his son, Telemachus, when he set out on those famous wanderings of his that we now call an "odyssey" and which took him, among other places, to the Trojan Wars. Mentor was Odysseus' wise and trusted counselor as well as tutor to Telemachus. In a Jewish student context, mentoring should happen when a more experienced Activist or madrich/a gives significant advice and assistance to a less-experienced Activist or madrich/a. Mentors are supposed to be wise and trusted counselors for proteges (the people receiving advice and support). A mentor's knowledge, experience, encouragement and skills offer the growing Jewish leader guidance, advice and small amounts of hands-on training. However, while a mentor can steer a protege in the right direction to reach her potential, a mentor can't, and shouldn't attempt, to force change against the will of the younger leader or activist.
Roles and Responsibilities
Establishing some basic roles and responsibilities can ensure a successful mentor/protege relationship. The following chart outlines a few roles for the mentor, and a few things that the mentor and protege should do together.
Mentor & Protege Together Should:
Becoming a Mentor
Do's and Don'ts for Mentors