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There comes a point in many people’s lives where someone asks them to be a mentor. For many, this can be a moment of great trepidation. After all, what if you get it wrong, or don’t have all the answers? The good news is that being a mentor is more about your relationship with the person you are mentoring than your expertise.
Think about all the things you have learned over the course of your life. Many of those skills have stuck with you because of how you felt about the person you learned them from. When a coworker or a friend asks for your professional opinion, they are asking you to be a mentor. They are asking for your advice because they respect you and feel as if you can help them succeed. You can think of it as an honor to be a mentor.
President Barack Obama proclaims January a mentoring month. In his address he said  “Every day, mentors help young Americans face the challenges of growing into adulthood.  By setting a positive example and sharing their time, knowledge, and experience, mentors play an essential role in preparing our Nation’s youth for a bright future.  During National Mentoring Month, we celebrate the contributions of all those who cultivate a supportive environment for the next generation, and we recommit to expanding mentorship opportunities across our country.”
Mentor is one of the most important influences in a young child’s life and no child is too young to have one. A mentor will help a child to believe in them self and to realize they do indeed belong and that they are important and should be heard.
Mentoring gives children an opportunity to see something they can aspire to, they are always looking for role models, lots of times the role models in media aren’t the real life role models they need so they need more down to earth people to look up to.
Once you become a mentor you will newer would go back. You would only wish you could have done this sooner.
Gil Duzanski is a software engineer from Waltham, Mass, interested in education and mentoring.  Gil is a CEO and founder of, a startup that helps high school students explore careers and discover their interests and passions through job shadowing opportunities with local businesses.