So Thankful To Be A Mentor! #LatinoBigs

As a young child I surrounded myself by positive people.  People that were good listeners, good friends and above all people that had my back.   I always had mentors in my life that cared,  supported me and guided me.  Mentors that knew my strength, abilities and provided a boost of self-esteem.  I also had neighborhood comadres that would set me straight if they suspected I was making wrong decisions because they wanted me to be a successful and an independent woman.

As I became an adult I felt it was very important for me to provide the same type of support and guidance to others.  I shared life lessons to help raise tomorrow’s leaders, escorted youth to field trips and talk with youth about future goals.  I know that the reason I was able to transition into a role of a mentor is  because my parents were good role models to me and my siblings and taught us by example by serving our community.

I’m so thankful to serve as a community leader.   I have been fortunate to serve many roles as a mentor. Whether it was to provide a listening ear in time of need, guidance to a friend,  counseling, support at an appointment or volunteering at a local event during the holidays it’s been a very rewarding opportunity for me. I have always had a heart to serve youth and women in need in my community.  My calling is to mentor women.  Whether they are young women or peers I know that supporting women has it many rewards because I know I’m making a difference in someone’s life.  It is one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life.

Tomorrow’s leaders need mentors from all walks of life. That is why I’m so thankful for programs such as Big Brother’s Big Sister’s Latino Bigs.   Big Brothers Big Sisters Latino Bigs volunteers have multiple backgrounds. Some are bus drivers, waitresses, business owners, stay-at-home moms, lawyers, nurses and construction workers. They are also college students and retirees.  You don’t need special training or a degree to positively influence a child. YOU have what it takes to be a great role model.

Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy such as reading books, cooking together or providing guidance and inspiration.

As you count your blessing during the holiday season consider how you can help youth in your neighborhood that need a role model, guidance or just a listening ear.   Consider making a difference in the life of tomorrow’s leaders by volunteering.

For more more information about volunteering as a ‘”Big” check out www.latinobigs.org or  www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.

Question:  Do you have a mentor you are Thankful for?   Has the experienced encouraged you to mentor others?

This is part of a supported campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Eva Smith

Publisher at Tech Life Magazine
Eva is an award winning entrepreneur and Publisher of Tech Life Magazine. She has been recognized by Ford Motor Company as a Mujer Legendaria Inteligente (Smart Entrepreneur), USA Today Magazine as a Top Blogger to Watch and Latina Magazine as a Top 25 Latinas Who Shine in Technology. Her work has also been featured on Mashable, Mom.me, Babble, Baby Center, Latinamom.me, USA Today, Latina Magazine, Huffington Post, National Parks Services, Voxxi, NBC Latino, Rolling Stone Magazine & more.She is technologist, engineer, bilingual freelance writer, speaker and digital media consultant.

Comments

  1. How wonderful! It is so important to honor your calling and to give back. Bravo!!!

    Best,
    Lisann

  2. This is so inspiring, Eva! I’m going to look into something similar near my area. I miss volunteering. It’s so fulfilling.

  3. Eva thank you so much for sharing your post and your personal family pictures. I love the Thanksgiving holiday because it gives us a time to reflect on the most important things in our lives and how we can give back like with the Big Brother Big Sisters program.

    Have a wonderful holiday my sweet friend! Besos to the whole from the Dancing Hotdogs family.

  4. There’s something so special about working with kids. I remember having a mentor when I was in HS. I still think about her… clearly she had an impact on my life. I’ve been thinking about joining our local club… some friends have approached me about it so the universe may be trying to tell me algo!

  5. This is such an important issue. Our kids need more realistic role models to look up to. Too many look to celebrities and they are often unattainable. Giving back to a community is the greatest gift anyone could give. And I love that you included the diversity of volunteers. You don’t need to be of a certain socioeconomic class to give back. So long as you are willing to give your time and your heart.

  6. It is so important for everyone to have a mentor for each stage of your life. You’re never too old to learn, and you are never too young to teach! It’s so important to be a role model.

  7. What a wonderful thing you’re doing. I’ve had so many great mentors in my life who had an incredible impact on me. I hope to someday give back in that way.

  8. All of these people are so lucky to have you as a mentor. You are one truly remarkable woman.

  9. It’s so important for people to help each other. You have inspired me to look into volunteer opportunities in my area. Thanks for sharing and caring!

  10. Like all of the commenters above I salute your good works. But I want to focus on your secondary achievement. Perfectly straight, shiny, silky, magnificent hair. I am taking my frizzy head off to bed.

  11. I completely agree that key to a young woman’s success is her mentors and the adults she grew up around providing a positive role model. I only had a few mentors but I have always wanted to mentor others particularly in tech. I admire that you take the time to do this because it’s so important!

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