“We all need someone who inspires us to do better than we know how.” - Anonymous
Drinking is a part of our culture
South Africans are known to love beer. It forms part of our celebrations, rituals and ultimately, part of our culture. But there is a reason that this part of our culture is only reserved for people above the age of 18. Underage drinking can cause serious, long-lasting issues for our youth.
Did you know that 67% of teens who drink before the age of 15 will go on to use illegal drugs? It’s up to us to be a part of the change and help the youth of South Africa say no. But how?
Be Part of the Change
We all know what it’s like to be 14 years old and dying to be a part of something bigger than yourself. You can relate to considering doing anything to fit in, even if it sometimes meant going against your own moral code. Some of us may wish to have had someone there to help us. Someone who could have shown us that the path we were on, would only lead to destruction and despair. Chances are your life would’ve taken a different course.
#BeTheMentor you wish you had and help change someone’s life.
What does being a mentor mean?
“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction.” – John C. Crosby
Being a mentor means that you take a pledge to help guide someone onto a better path. It starts by identifying an adolescent within your community that you feel needs support and adopting them as your mentee. It’s the advice you give, the lessons you teach and the impact you create, that truly makes a difference. It’s showing them that their lives would be enriched if they stayed clear of underage drinking and other toxic situations that could potentially destroy their future. Mentorship is not about you leading and them following, it’s about working on a better future together.
Taking it one step further
Real change, the kind that lasts forever, takes time. It doesn’t just happen overnight and there are no quick fixes. Being a mentor should be a lifetime commitment because true impact only occurs when consistent support is given. When you take the pledge, you’re making a promise to change someone’s life for the better and that takes true dedication and commitment.
Being a mentor is not about educating your mentee about life and its lessons only to send them off into the sunset. It’s about always being there whenever they need you and always keeping an open line of communication. It’s going above and beyond infrequent chats to ensure that you have a #LastingMentorship together, because life is full of numerous challenges that we all need help with along the way. It’s a process that takes a lot of hard work and time spent dealing with core issues and transformation. The small steps you help them take now become giant leaps towards your mentees aspiring for something great in their future.
Be the change you want to see
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” – Oprah Winfrey
So be a part of the change today.If you haven’t yet, make your pledge to #BeTheMentor and be there for the long haul.