Become a Mentor for Coming of Age
Mentor applications are due September 29
Coming of Age (COA) is a year-long rite of passage experience that provides 9th grade teenagers at UUC with the opportunity to explore their personal and spiritual beliefs within a Unitarian Universalist context. Through retreats, weekly workshops, values clarification, discussions of profound religious questions and a relationship with an adult mentor, teenagers will be guided from childhood into adolescence.
A mentor is an adult, other than a parent, who takes interest in a young person’s growth and success. Mentors commit to building a relationship with a young person in order to help them understand their gifts and reach a new level of maturity in faith and life. According to David Oldfield, director of the Center for Creative Imagination at the Foundation for Contemporary Mental Health, a mentor is “not a friend. Not a teacher. Not a parent. Not an advisor. Not a coach. A mentor is one whose sole concern is the development of character in a young person. Acting on behalf of the community, the mentor’s responsibility is to guide the young person on an inner journey of self-discovery.”
Why Should You Become A Mentor?
There are many reasons why being a mentor is a powerful and inspiring experience.
As a COA mentor you will:
- Build deep friendships with teens and other adults from the congregation.
- Gain satisfaction in helping guide a young person toward more maturity.
- Become more connected with UUC and its members.
- Help youth become more successful in life. The Search Institute’s research indicates that young people who feel supported by three or more adults (besides parents) are more likely to grow up healthy, caring and responsible.
- Enhance your own religious and moral understanding.
- Have a lot of fun!