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Lavinia's Window by
Michelle Weisen
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Lavinia's Window

What is a Mentor?
A mentor is someone who believes in you and helps you to attain your goals.  A mentor is a caring and trusting friend.  She is someone who listens to you and your concerns.
Who is a Mentor?
A mentor can be anyone from a parent, to a neighbor.  You can be a mentor to a younger sister or to a girl in a lower grade at school.   A mentor should be someone you respect or someone you look at and think, "Gee, I'd like to be more like her."  or someone who has experience and is successful in a field you are interested in  learning more about. 
How can a Mentor help?
Mentors can help in many ways, they can help you:
*  with a specific problem
*  learn how to use different computer applications
*  meet successful and interesting people
*  focus on your goals
*  learn how to handle money and a budget
*  find a job
*  prepare for high school or college 
*  prepare for tests
*  see the world in new and exciting ways
*  get positive reinforcement for your dreams
*  get involved 
Why should I look for a mentor?
If you are 8, 18, or 88 a mentor can be just the thing you need to help you attain your goals.   Being exposed to positive, successful adults is a great way to learn how to become one.  Mentors are experienced in making and achieving their goals and this is something that every girl and woman should learn to do well.
How do I find a mentor?
Start your search by making a list of things you want in a mentor.  Do you want someone who can help you deal with an difficult family situation?  Do you want someone to help you learn a new skill or trade?  Do you want an athletic mentor to help you stay fit?  Do you want a spiritual mentor to help you along your spiritual path?  

Next make a list of the all the people you know.  I suggest starting your own rolodex or address book with everyone's name, address, and phone number on each card along with a description of how they might be able to help.  Include parents, relatives, neighbors, teachers, coaches, counselors, ministers and rabbis, community leaders, and local business women on your list.  List everyone that you respect, admire, think is cool, smart, and those who have great self confidence.  Don't limit your list to women and older girls, you should have a couple of males on your list to cover topics like brother-sister stuff, and male points of view.  Include in the list anyone who may be able to help you find a mentor. 

After you have your lists completed, start contacting the people who you would most like to be your mentor.  Either call them on the phone or approach them with a question.  If you are looking for a spiritual mentor, ask the person about how she keeps a balance between her spiritual life and her career.  If you are searching for someone to help you with your English homework, ask if they have read the book you are reading.  Ask questions that relate to your need for a mentor.  If the person you approach doesn't seem to have any great insight or doesn't want to help, ask if they might know of someone who would be interested in being your mentor.  If they are still unresponsive move to the next person on your list. 

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