Psychology Today has reported a study that shows children with supportive mentors have grown to become more intellectual, emotional and interpersonal beaming with self-confidence and self-awareness.
Mentoring, in any form, has created positive impact on children. Those who are mentored have better staying power in the school and are less likely to become dropouts. In the future, they create life goals of their own.
At CITE, young mentors have become someone that children look up to and trust. Mentoring sessions in Barangay San Jose on Saturdays included storytelling, arts and crafts, and games that are productive and drawing out creativity from children. Mentors also had time to talk to about 20 children aged 3-5 about their family, homework, and their simple lives as kids.
Young Mentors Organization chairman Jushua Avila said that being a mentor is a rewarding experience that allows himself to live his younger self. Another member, Jhon Carl Abelleja said that getting close to the kids reminds him of his younger siblings in Compostela Valley. The training these mentors get from Mrs. Editha Erana, helped more than 25 current members equip themselves with Montessori skills to teach children get through their assignments and projects. The training which zeroes in on learners has provided opportunity to the mentors themselves to develop virtues like patience and kindness.
Says Jushua, a weekly meeting with children may not seem like to be a huge impact, but definitely each encounter is treasured by both the mentor his mentee as long as both shall live.