#405: CNN Hero Chad Bernstein Offers Keys For Mentoring Youth
Read the full Your Mark on the World article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/1NQyviZ. Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ymotwitunes or on Stitcher by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ymotwstitcher. CNN Hero Chad Bernstein is a career musician, professor and founder of Guitars Over Guns, a nonprofit that helps at-risk youth connect to adult mentors through the arts. Drawing on his decades of work with kids, offers these three key insights for being an effective mentor to a child. Be the adult in a child’s life. The single most important factor in a child’s success is a relationship with a caring adult. Finding an avenue through which we can connect with youth. The arts are a great potential avenue, but meeting a student at their point of interest and respecting that is the key. Show up and listen. There are two keys to building trust between a mentor and a student: First, show up and be present. There is no replacement for time and consistency is key. If you continue to come back, even after a kid has done something to push you away, you are building trust. The second is the to understand the importance of creating a safe place, free of judgement. Vulnerability is paramount to creating trust and it goes both ways. Read the full Your Mark on the World article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/1NQyviZ. Please consider whether a friend or colleague might benefit from this piece and, if so, share it.