The Mentor's Pledge
I commit to making a difference;
to support, guide, and be a role model.
I commit to being consistent;
to be a steady figure over time, to be persistent, and to help another persevere.
I commit to encouraging another;
by listening, by understanding, by fostering strengths, and by showing empathy.
I commit to building a mutual relationship;
to enter the world of someone else, to hear about new dreams and challenges, to share
my own stories, and to respect the differences between us.
I commit to asking for assistance;
when I need my own support, when the struggles of a child are bigger than I can handle,
when I am unsure.
I commit to recognizing;
that change often comes in small steps that barely leave footprints, that victories are
often unseen or unspoken, and that obstacles will always be present.
I commit to remaining sympathetic;
to the storms weathered, to the adversity faced, and to the experiences that occurred
long before this child entered my life.
I commit to realizing;
that my actions carry new weight and responsibility, that my role can never be taken
lightly, that my life will also change with this experience.
I commit to being a mentor.