Eric Nash is a UW-P Sophomore and Student Office Assistant at the Center for Community Partnerships. He learned about mentoring through working at the CCP as well as through his Community-Based Learning course this semester. Eric said that it’s not just the class that made him want to mentor; he also has been helping younger students through the Ready Rangers program on campus. Ready Rangers is a program that brings local area 5th graders to campus for a day to experience what college is like; Eric serves as a Ready Rangers role-model. He also shared with me that he remembers being a mentor to his nephew and what a difference it made, so he wants to help other kids in need. He has been mentoring for one month and feels that he is making a difference in his youth’s academic life. Eric has shared learning strategies with his mentee and given him pointers on how to knock out his homework and not get overwhelmed. He feels that his mentee really responds to that and added that he feels like he is really leadership skills with him. Eric and his mentee set goals; the latest is that he and Eric can play basketball during their sessions together once the mentee gets all of his homework turned in for his classes. Eric’s advice to new mentors is to be positive, set goals, and most of all, don’t give up. He wants the community to know that mentors are important because kids usually go to their friends for advice and don't always receive the best advice; mentors can be seen as friends but are adults with life experiences that allow them to advise their mentee from the right perspective. Mentors are able to provide a form of unbiased advice.
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