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Many people who experience success in their career do so with some help from a wise mentor. Even if there are still goals to accomplish, one thing you might want to consider is being a mentor to someone who would benefit from your expertise. Mentors are amazing resources that can help lead a generation. Have you considered becoming one? Here is some advice on how to be a great mentor.
Facebook COO and bestselling author Sheryl Sandberg’s memoir/feminist manifesto, Lean In, is causing quite a stir among working women. If you missed the hype, Sandberg uses her book to address the barriers in women’s minds that keep them from reaching the same levels of professional success as men. Sandberg acknowledges systematic hurdles like work and national policies, along with cultural expectations that inhibit the progress of women. But, she believes women can dismantle these hurdles by changing the way they think.
Sandberg’s critics note that her racial, academic, and economic privilege make it easier for her to put the burden on women to simply try harder to succeed. Many women were “leaning in” long before Sandberg’s book only to bump into a glass ceiling. A study by the League of Black Women found that black women make up only one percent of U.S. corporate officers.
Sandberg’s privilege shouldn’t stop women from applying the principles that brought her success. There are external boundaries inhibiting the success of black women, but that’s even more reason for us to eliminate the ones we inflict on ourselves. Check out these 10 principles from Lean In. Does the way you view yourself hold you back?
Amanda Ebokosia: When I think of a Picasso, I think of someone who knows that they have the capabilities to change any situation in their life. It’s up to us to change our lives, despite obstacles we’ve experienced; it’s up to us to become who we want to be. When I was a child, my mother read a book titled Amazing Grace to me. The book’s main character, a black girl, was passionate about acting. She wanted to play Peter Pan in a school play. However, she was told that she couldn’t play Peter Pan because she was a girl and because she was black. She disregarded naysayers, auditioned for Peter Pan and got the role. Regardless of what others say, we are the painters of our lives. MN: What are the top three challenges young people face today?
AE: Education. It’s unrealistic to think all children receive the same level of education. There are so many different challenges in education that impact young people’s ability to get better jobs and receive better outcomes in other areas of their lives. A lot of youth in urban communities are struggling, because they don’t have the same resources youth in other communities have. The second greatest challenge for young people is bullying. It’s more of an issue now than it has ever been. I was bullied growing up. However, back then, social media wasn’t around. Today bullying is 24/7. The issues are more unbearable for young people. That’s why I think more young people commit suicide from bullying today; it doesn’t stop. With The Gem Project, we address bullying through the Interactive Literacy Program. We discuss different types of bullying (i.e. physical, verbal, emotional, cyber-bullying). We have ice breakers with participants to discuss bullying freely, whether a young person has been bullied or saw someone else being bullied. During discussions, youth weigh in on their definition of bullying, then we discuss why youth think people bully. After that, we address the root of the why people bully, then we work to figure our solutions to bullying. We also do a hands-on activity, where we create a comic book that supports anti-bullying. The third greatest challenge youth face today is self-image. At the root of everything is self-image. Having good self-esteem can combat a lot of other issues. The typical family in the communities we serve are single-parent households. We find that a lot of our young boys have identity issues. Many don’t have a positive male role model who’s active in their life. Young people need adults to model good behavior for them.
Former basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson has joined forces with Coca Cola, rapper/actor Common, and BET boss lady Debra Lee for a program that will allow youth between 16 and 21 to shadow them and their teams for a week in the summer.
Part owner of the LA Dodgers and Magic Johnson Theaters, Johnson told TheGrio.com that he wants to teach teens that “focus, discipline and sacrifice are all necessary attributes to become successful.”
Common has always had a presence in the community, including in his hometown (and mine) of Chicago. Here’s what he had to say about his mission in the program: “I want them to experience the ups and downs, the hard work and discipline that it takes.”
He also said he will personally be involved with the mentees. “Beyond music, it’s important for me to reach back and create a legacy bigger than my career,” Common said.
These celebrity leaders are on the right track. According to BeAMentor.org, a Pew Study shows that minority and low income youth who have mentorship are 46 percent less likely to use illegal drugs, 53 percent less likely to skip school, and 33 percent less likely to hit someone.
So hopefully by these familiar faces taking a stance on mentorship, others will be encouraged to get involved with organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters or similar programs as well.
Anyone can nominate a young person for the “Pay It Forward” apprenticeship program via the My Coke Rewards site through March 2.
Don’t you love that quiet lull the office falls into between Christmas and New Year’s Day? With clients and coworkers traveling for the holidays, the workplace can feel like an adult version of Home Alone. But, there are better things to do with your downtime than playing Facebook games or building towers out of office supplies with your cubicle mates. This is the perfect time of year to gain perspective on 2012, and get focused for the New Year. Follow these steps to make sure your mind is right for 2013.
Dr. Willise Riche discovered mentoring after she was approached by hospital staffers. The university students she worked with kept coming back. “Although I was mentoring, I really didn’t consider it officially until I realized that they were repeatedly returning for more advice and referring others,” Riche explains in an email. Once she started mentoring, Riche realized how important a role she was playing in the lives of young people. “Having a mentor is necessary in any field. Mentorship is how trades have been passed down from the beginning of civilization. I think that mentorship is… a seamless merging of formal and traditional learning. One cannot learn experience from a book,” says Riche, who also produces a radio program targeted at women called “Maslow Woman.”
Oh Tyrese, we didn’t know you cared so much!
According to EURweb, Tyrese has teamed up with Sprite Films, a Coca-Cola product, to coach eight finalists in their quest to become the next “it” director in Hollywood. Tyrese said he was excited to do anything the company asked because they were the first people to give him the opportunity in front of the camera – we all remember Ty singing on the bus in the Coke commercial, yes? When they presented him the idea of being a mentor, it was just something he couldn’t pass up. For his part, he says:
“The gist of the stuff that I was telling them was, we are as dreamers, perception creators and the world is an empty canvas waiting on new thoughts to think. And however way you get them out, whether it’s through clothes, whether it’s through technology, music, filmmaking, the world is waiting for us to create those new perceptions and concepts.”
But Tyrese was likely believing the words he was telling the finalists because the singer/actor/”rappper” would also like to direct films. He said he just needs a four or five month course so he can understand specific questions because he already pretty much knows what to do and how to do it. Well, nothing wrong with that.
If you want to check out the filmmakers’ short films, head over to Sprite.com.
Nicole Richie, designer and reality show veteran, will mentor 14 undiscovered designers alongside Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos in the upcoming NBC reality fashion competition, Fashion Star hosted by Elle Macpherson. Each week, the contestants create looks based on a theme and buyers for major retail stores - Caprice Willard, (Macy’s), Nicole Christie (H&M) and Terron E. Schaefer (Saks Fifth Avenue) – judge the best outfits.
The winning looks are available to purchase in store and online the very next day. The designers that fail to impress the buyers are up for elimination. The ultimate winner of the competition is set to receive a multi-million dollar prize to launch their collections in Macy’s, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.
As told to WWD, Nicole says “I am looking forward to having women and men across America not only getting to know these incredibly talented designers but also getting to buy their designs, it’s something that has never been done before.”
Can’t wait until the March 13th premiere of Fashion Star to see more Nicole?
Click “Next” to view looks illustrating her signature style and learn why she is a “fashion star” in her own right.