So, this year, Jasmine and I along with several other executive board members have started the first Quad Cities chapter and non-profit (Quad Cities Area Council on Youth Leadership). Through this chapter, we speak to high school students (juniors getting ready for college) and recognize outstanding performance, offer scholarships, provide coaching, leadership seminars, and other educational opportunities for development.
There are so many things to love about this submission from Tiffany, but our favorite is the fact that Tiffany is so open and candid about her uncertainty around being a mentor. It's easy to have the misperception that mentors are always completely confident in their role, and this is just not the case.
Being matched with Jenni has had a huge impact on my life, and it’s only been a few short months. She has given me the confidence to grow and do things outside of my comfort zone. She inspires me to take chances and utilize my strengths to help others.
Erica recently completed a post-secondary degree and came to Lead(h)er looking for a mentor who can help her translate the things she is passionate about into her professional life. She was hoping we could match her with someone who is confident both personally and professionally, and who is willing to offer guidance and advice.
"I look forward to my time with Rhonda because she is so happy to help me and wants to see me grow. She has so much knowledge and is so willing to share everything she has learned. She is a very kind woman with a huge heart to serve.
Stephanie encouraged me from the beginning of our mentor/mentee relationship to take steps not leaps and was able to help me see the value in job prospects and opportunities outside of what I had wanted more clearly.
I love that Madelyn is the age of my children, and despite the age difference we have much in common...The other day we were discussing the need for discipline when writing. Set aside specific times and places conducive to tapping our creativity