Five Keep-it-Real Lessons From the Frontlines of Mentoring Five Keep-it-Real Lessons From the Frontlines of Mentoring
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Five Keep-it-Real Lessons From the Frontlines of Mentoring

by Manasa Yeturu

February 1, 2014

I'm GOOD's first Fellow, and I'm on a yearlong mission to discover the best practices in entrepreneurship education, and figure out how they are (or aren't) empowering middle and high school-aged girls. Follow and engage with me on my journey of learning and doing.

January is National Mentorship month, and the statistics on mentoring speak for themselves. Youth who are mentored are 46 percent less likely to use illegal drugs, 27 percent less likely to use alcohol, and a full 52 percent less likely to skip school. I recently spent six months mentoring six sophomores in East Oakland with BUILD, a nonprofit that provides hands-on entrepreneurship training and college preparation to high school students. As you might guess, along the way I learned some real life lessons on how to be a good mentor.

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Five Keep-it-Real Lessons From the Frontlines of Mentoring