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Earl V. Gamble, SAFe SPC4, CSM, PMP
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over 6 months ago

I always say, "meet people where they are, and help them get to where they want or need to be". I've got extensive experience working with diverse groups and getting them to where they need to be. I'm here to help!

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Terri Taylor
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over 6 months ago

I am able to extend love to a ton of kids at one time, and not just the two I am raising. I am a natural nurturer. I connected with a wonderful lady who heads an annual school supply drive, and now receive 200 backpacks with school supplies; I pass them out at the beginning of each school year to the players, cheerleaders and siblings that are a part of our program. We also stress education, respect for self and others, accountability and responsibility. We check report cards. We mentor. I have an even greater sense of pride and accomplishment. Nothing is better than seeing a child blossom, build self-confidence and self-worth. Knowing I play a small part in helping them succeed is everything.

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Anthony Lash
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over 6 months ago

Nothing stressful. The only thing that sadden me was when I couldn't reach a kid because of all he has been exposed to

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Vincent Hatch
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over 6 months ago

I was once the proud sponsor of a male middle-school mentoring program: The Knights. We met twice a month during school hours, thanks to a very supportive principal, Monica L. Bates, at Highland Oaks Middle School in Memphis. Developed and operated by Dr. Linda Lane, the Social Work Supervisor. Upon my arrival at HO, I was asked to lead the program. Together, with a swell group of men, we made a substantial impact on the lives of over two hundred young boys. These young men were taught behavior management, social etiquette and grooming standards. We introduced them to the smell of black shoe polish. They ironed their white shirts after school and were taught to tie a tie. All the aforementioned was required to be worn at each meeting. We promoted brotherhood and to greet and support one another daily. The group generated topics of discussion, we led lessons in on character, integrity and other essential life-skills. The young men performed as guides at school functions, and were often called upon to take on extra responsibilities throughout the school year. We took our guys to NBA games, the Memphis Grizzlies. Parents chaperoned games and after-school activities: a lot restaurants. The Knights instilled self-discipline and citizenship. The Civil Rights Museum on one visit and a live witness to the penal system and observed several trials in criminal court. One year, our mentees joined forces with their counterparts (The Gems) led by our female faculty and sang songs to their mentors during their ceremony, at the completion of their respective programs. There's so much I've left out because of time and space. Let me suffice it to say that not only were the young men impacted, but all the faculty involved in to making these programs work.

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Frederick Wenger
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over 6 months ago

Do you want to make a change like I did recently, to start walking on a path that leads to success? Are you tired of the same 10 feet forward and twn feet back? The only way to change your life is to change your life. I can connect you to some of the best coaches and mentors around, with access to a proven success vehicle. Your success is waiting for one thing! You!

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Calvin Miles
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over 6 months ago

One day it’s all going to be clear. It’s all going to make sense. You’re going to be able to say, “So that’s why God allowed that in my life!” Until then, God wants you to trust him.

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Fred Goff
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over 6 months ago

I have a confession. I used to be jealous of a ton of friends and colleagues. You see, I grew up in Toledo, Ohio - moved to NYC, London, Boston. I am a first generation college grad. So, in short, I didn't know anyone who could take me under their wing and mentor me to any level of success. And, I confess I saw MANY people who had GREAT mentors. I thought they got opportunities I didn't, got skills developed that I didn't, and figured out easier paths to success than I - just because they had great mentors.

Now heres the thing - I was kinda right in that assessment. BUT... it was my own dang fault that I didn't have one too! The control is ALWAYS yours - you just need to figure that out. Mentors can make ALL the difference! Most people would be honored and LOVE to mentor you - if you just asked and recruited them. You see, it was MY job to find a mentor. Just because I wasn't born to it doesn't mean that I couldn't recruit one. In fact I eventually did. In fact I recruited many. And these friends/mentors have helped guide me to greater success than that which I would have reached on my own.

AND YOU CAN GET A GREAT MENTOR TOO. Here’s a couple tips on how: 1) look for someone who has achieved something you aspire to; 2) ideally try to not have them work for the same company as you --(your boss will never say 'the best move is to leave here' and a senior person that is not your boss may cause political problems 3) try to see if you know someone who can introduce you to the mentor candidate but, if not, don’t be afraid to cold call them 4) learn a lot about their background - easy in the age of the internet - ask them to meet for 10 minutes and then tell them how you admire what they accomplished, explain what you are doing and what you aspire to and how it relates, and ask them if they might agree to mentor you - to be available for counsel and advice from time to time as you find your way in the world. You will be amazed how easy it might be. And the right mentors will open your eyes to paths & opportunities you might not see. The right mentor will help you navigate the pitfalls and downsides that will inevitably happen.

But YOU need to recruit THEM. People are giving and helpful and will be flattered if you ask, but they are also busy and respectful of other peoples privacy. It is unlikley someone will cold call you and ask to be your mentor. But you can certainly do the reverse. You might bring greater reward to that person’s life, and you certainly will increase likelihood of worklife success in yours!

Good luck - and get started. What’s the worst that can possibly happen? They say 'no'? C'mon…. we are all tough enough to deal with 'nos' right? And I bet ya dollars to donuts that the first answer you get is actually… YES!!!

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Nate Green
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over 6 months ago

I really like my job. I work in the customer service department of a major telecommunications company. It’s actually my first full-time job after finishing school back in January. I’m a first generation college grad and quite honestly the first person in my entire family to have a job outside of assembly or manual labor. So I come from very humble beginnings to put it mildly. I’ve been selected to attend a 6 week Leaders of Tomorrow workshop at work and our first assignment is to identify someone within the senior leadership team we would like to have as a mentor to support us during the workshop and throughout our career with the company. Now the closest thing I’ve ever had to any kind of mentoring in my life so far has come from my mom or someone I consider close in my family like an aunt or uncle. The problem I’m having with trying to choose a mentor is that there’s no one on the SL list that looks like me… ethnically. I fear being able to successfully make a connection with someone who can’t relate to my cultural, economic, and spiritual background. I’m not questioning their well intentioned hearts, professionalism, lack of wisdom, or sincere interest in seeing me succeed. It’s more of a comfort level and familiarity preference for me in emotionally vulnerable situations. Could be I’m not fully understanding what the mentoring dynamic in a professional workplace environment truly is. Am I looking into this too deep? Any suggestions?

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Jason Zhao
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over 6 months ago

i was wondering where I can get a mentor to keep me on track in life?

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Sandra Parker
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over 6 months ago

I have a few people in mind but I’m still unsure. Is there any specific behavior or characteristic inherent for good mentors?

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