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Mentors for the Apathetic

People who go looking for a mentor outside of a University/New Graduate situation rarely need them.
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From what I have seen, the people out there with mentors outside of University or new graduate organised programs are the ones least likely to need them.

There seem to be lots of people who may need the inspiration of a mentor but aren't gung ho enough to go looking for one. I propose a program by which the mentor chases the mentoree rather than vice versa. Many mentor's are keen to be involved in this type of program to pass on some of their knowledge.

I suggest that the potential mentoree's are nominated by those around them that can tell that they need something like this (eg. partners, friends, parents?). I would assume that a web facilitated matching service, general details of the mentoree/mentor are used to match them, the nominating person could be used to select the mentor.

The mentor could then approach the potential mentoree, having been "recommended" by the original nominator. The mentoree now has a potential mentor - mentoring for the apathetic.

PiledHigherandDeeper, May 19 2003

FAME and Fresh Start http://www.merton.g...nteering/mentor.asp
A mentoring scheme for children who are at risk of school exclusion. [Aristotle, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       kwailo78: I'm assuming the level of apathy isn't complete, they have some drive just not enough to go chasing a mentor. But if someone came to them said, "i'd like to mentor you" they would be interested.   

       BTW - grammar lesson corrected I think!
PiledHigherandDeeper, May 19 2003

       They have mentoring schemes in the UK to link young kids who have fallen on bad ways with a mentor who can help them go straight. These people do not seek mentors and generally don't know about the scheme until someone approaches them.
Aristotle, May 19 2003

       I thought this was going to be about aspiring to be like people who have reached the pinnacle of indifference!
RoboBust, May 19 2003

       Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever.
thumbwax, May 19 2003

       I'm pretty sure my Mum's wise words on this subject would be:
"Its not a mentor he needs, its a kick up the arse."
Beautiful diction.
Jinbish, May 19 2003

       PhD: I offered to mentor a friend's apathetic kid once. I never heard back from them.
DrCurry, May 19 2003

       advice: an insatiable urge to watch infommercials.
bristolz, May 19 2003

       Baked. They're called mothers.
Cedar Park, May 19 2003

       reensure: the idea is that someone can anonymously put your details into a mentoring scheme, the first you know about it is when a mentor approaches you.
PiledHigherandDeeper, May 19 2003

       I'm reminded of one of my grandmother's favourite sayings. 'If you don't care enough to help yourself, you don't deserve help'. She sadly passed away this morning, and I'd like to think her Dr. Phil-esque advice will survive :)
sambwiches, May 19 2003

       Sorry for your loss, sambwiches.   

       It was for the best. She'd had 3 strokes in the past year, and as she was always very independent she hated having to rely on home help and doctors. Wherever she is she's much happier now.   

       Here's the sucky thing. The most important exam of my life is on Friday afternoon - at the same time as the funeral. If I miss the exam I've wasted the last 4 years. Boo for timetable clashes.
sambwiches, May 19 2003

       Yeah, I already had this chat with my Mum. Well, when I say chat, I mean she said 'Get your ass to that exam. If your gran caught you bunking off on account of her your feet wouldn't touch the ground.'
sambwiches, May 19 2003

       i don't think this idea would work because the mentoree should be the one chosing a mentor. He/she would chose someone that he/she knew knows well and respects. If you're offering to be a mentor to someone that doesn't know you, chances are he/she won't be taking you as seriously and your output to heart--making the whole effort useless.
marco2polo, Mar 19 2005


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