Mentoring High-Risk Kids
Mentoring African-American Youth
September 15, 2013
It is no secret that mentoring can be difficult, but it can be even harder when mentoring high risk children. Luckily, James L. Becker has made mentoring a little easier by writing the book, Mentoring High-Risk Kids. He first explains what mentoring is. Then goes on to describe how mentoring can help youth and also teaches readers how to build an effective relationship. With thorough detail and discussion, Becker’s guidance can make mentoring a little easier and effective. James L. Becker was sure to state that it takes a special type of person to mentor a high-risk youth. And was not afraid to admit that is hard work because of the many roles a mentor plays. See, mentors are there to sponsor, teach, guide, counsel, listen, motivate, inspire, and protect.
Mentoring High-Risk Kids actually sums up these roles, by simply referring to mentors as role models. Just by observing, your mentees will pick up many things: ethics, values and standards; style, beliefs and attitudes; methods and procedures. They are likely to follow your lead, adapt your approach to their own style, and build confidence through their affiliation with you. As a mentor, you need to be keenly aware of your own behavior...especially when working with high-risk kids. From studies discussed in the book, it’s easy to conclude that high-risk kids are easily impressed and quick to follow in their mentors footsteps. That is why Becker makes sure a mentor know their role and duties.
The book, explains a mentors roles in detail. First off, opening doors and advocating for your mentee can allow them to develop new skills and gain meaningful visibility. You can create and seek new opportunities for her and connect her with people in your network. Many mentors enjoy the teaching aspects of mentoring, which mean not only imparting their knowledge but also sharing their experiences and recommending...