All too often people assume they don’t have what it takes to mentor another person. In actuality, you may be a great fit for reasons that you are not aware of, and that make you an excellent candidate. Read our Top 3 Myths and then reconsider.
MYTH #1: I DON’T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT MENTORING
Many believe that they have to be an “expert” on mentoring or a “leading authority” on disability and community resources before they can work with a mentee. You don’t have to have all the answers!! You just need to be willing to listen and share your experiences. ABIL Staff are here to support you with your mentoring work. Our two day training covers a variety of topics related to mentoring, and ABIL staff is available to provide resources and on going support to you.
MYTH #2: I’M NOT SURE I HAVE THE TIME TO MENTOR
The ABIL Peer Mentor Program is designed to be flexible so that our mentors can schedule mentoring when it is most convenient. ABIL asks that mentors have at least two contacts a month with their mentee. These contacts can be made in person, by phone, or by email.
MYTH #3: IT’S NOT THE RIGHT TIME
Now is a great time to join the Peer Mentor Program! In addition to our one-to-one mentoring opportunities our mentors can participate in Disability Awareness Presentations to local schools, and join our group mentoring sessions working with mentees. Your assistance today can help others on the path to reaching their goals.
For more information on becoming a Peer Mentor Volunteer or having a peer mentor, look under the Independent Living Skills tab on this website and click the Peer Support tab.