Gagandeep Singh - Mentoring Children
Mentors listen first and Gagandeep Singh is known for his volunteer work in his community and the world at large. In his home city he is has helped build temples and teaches children how to box in his spare time. His interaction with the children is important, because he is a source of positive influence in their lives. Teaching children how to box may not be considered a mentoring relationship but it can be the start of one.
Children are impressionable, so there can never be too many positive influences in their lives. It helps, at a young age, to know that someone cares about them and is interested in their wellbeing. Children like to know that they have a big brother or big sister who will help them with their day-to-day challenges should any arise.
There have been many heart-warming stories about people who owe their lives to their mentors. That person entered their lives in their youth, held their hand through their trials and never let go. Support through trying times will build trust and the next time there’s a problem they might just come to you. An important line to draw when mentoring is that you should manage your mentee’s when it comes to the sharing of problems. You never want your relationship with your mentee to come between the one between them and their parents.
In general it is beneficial for children to have positive role models in the form of mentors in their life because there are increased high school graduation rates, healthier relationships formed and healthier lifestyles lived, there is a better attitude about school, enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence and improved behaviour at home and at school. Whilst this list is not exhaustive, Gagandeep Singh is on the right path to becoming a mentor for the children he teaches.