The content you are about to read was provided by Davidsons Jewellers - featuring silver jewellery in Ottawa. When it comes to charitable giving, mentoring a child is right up there with being a superhero in terms of the impact you could have on someone's life. Mentoring is a chance to change a child's
life forever, or even potentially save them from a life of drugs and gang violence.
In karmic terms, there's nothing better you could be doing, and our series
of articles will help you make it happen in your life.
The first question you should probably ask yourself as you enter into this
process is whether you're willing to spare the time and effort it takes
to mentor a child. Are you constantly running back and forth between the office
and your printing service picking up documents, or do you sometimes
sit at home with nothing to do? You should also make sure you have room in your
heart for a new addition as well, because mentoring a child will change you
as well. We'll tell you how, and help you figure out if you're ready.
Then, of course, there's the question of whether you should mentor a
child through a charity or community organization, or try to insert yourself
into the life of a needy child, perhaps on your street or in your church, of
your own accord. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, for while
charities have access to fundraising with resources, the most needy child may not be a member of any organization. The
decision can be a difficult one, and we'll give you the tools to make
You may be resisting the idea of becoming a mentor because you feel inadequate somehow, that your particular skills, as a real estate agent or a chartered accountant or whatever, wouldn't benefit a child. We'll take you
through the many ways even the most boring or unimaginative or irresponsible
of people can become a good example to a mentored child. After all, maybe the
skills you learned on a job site once will help them with their physics
homework. The key however, is being a good example, and you should be able to
provide that, even if you've made mistakes in the past.
Then, of course, there's the age old question of whether to donate your
time or your money. While your advice and companionship can be invaluable to
a child, if you're currently swamped with your own life's busy schedule, you could always make a donation to a mentorship program that will
help fund another persons mentorship efforts. There may be time constraints
or the question of whether you'll be a good role model. We'll help
you figure out how to balance your worth as a donor with your worth as a mentor
and which method is likely to work out best for both you and the child.