When you think of “mentoring,” many things probably come to mind. As I ran into program after program with great leaders and connections with students, I developed a growing feeling that something was missing.
The missing link between teaching, coaching, leading, and mentoring was the intentional piece; the piece that assumes our mentee is a part of many things, and is intentionally there in the gaps.
Each of these titles show allow a level of intentionality, but what much of youth needs, is a little different. Having been in each of these roles, the questions were overflowing:
As a teacher: How can one connect with 20-30 students for each class in an intentional way? How can one share intentional insight and really get to know the students when the time is spread so thin?
As a coach: How can the intentionality spread outside of the season? How can the intentionality push youth to grow in areas of life that are not as motivating? And, again, the quantity piece.
As a leader in after-school programs and church small-group: How can we intentionally be connected to the other programs of our youth? How can we move our questions to really fit into the areas students spend most of their time?
These questions don’t assume people in any of these roles don’t crave the intentional piece; it assumes they do, but that maybe resources and time hinder their ability to act in this way.
When something goes missing for so long, and it becomes a place of frustration for those who cannot reach this state, it is time to do something.
The writing documented here is to help share insight and perspective that develops through the initiation of this program. Through every word, I hope that there is an intentionality found; intentionality in the writing, the reading, and the action.