Follow in the footsteps of a legend and mould a young mind
"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead" - Nelson Mandela
Doing something worthwhile for a person does not require thousands of Rands, sometimes sharing your own stories and experiences can help to address a real problem in our communities; underage drinking. Often, young people travel down that path because there is no one giving them a chance to voice their issues or giving them worthwhile advice.
So as South Africans to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela in the month of his birth, we've decided to give you a 'how to' on sharing your time wisely with your mentees and help them shape their future.
How do I do my bit?
The key to being a mentor, is being accessible. This is important because when you're trying to help an impressionable young person find their way in life, it's easier to do so by being someone that they can reach when they need to.
Another important thing to do is to take the first step and get out there. Yes, it may seem easier to sit in the comfort of your own home and post an inspirational quote on social media, but does that really make an impact? Put down your cellphone and get out into your hood and see what activities you can immerse yourself in.
Start small and build
Now that you've made the decision to mentor those who need it most, remember that you do not need to change the world at once. Start small with one person who could benefit from your experiences. Make it fun – take them out on activities in which they can immerse themselves. You will find this as rewarding as your recipient does.
Involve others in your community, encourage your siblings, friends and colleagues to also adopt a mentee.
Go above and beyond
"Don't just meet expectations, exceed them" - Arriane and Abbey
The message behind Mandela Day is not only to remember and celebrate Madiba's birthday, but also for each person to give their time to the community.
Use your time to make a difference, not only on Mandela Day but every day!
Our communities are currently facing a tough time when it comes to alcohol consumption among youth and it is up to those who have faced these trials to lead young people into the right and sober direction.
It is now your turn to take a page from Nelson Mandela's book and change lives for the better. Click here to help someone who may need your help and be part of the change. Take the pledge.