Our youth are our future, but without direction they become lost. It is imperative that we support those in need, especially our younger population. Research reports a lack of family support is a risk factor for homelessness. Giving guidance and mentorship is key during childhood and adolescence. This connection gives a sense of Belonging by building long term relationships. Fostering long term relationships allows for continuous encouragement to follow through with goals and achieve Mastery of both long and short term. Mentors allow for the youth to leave home and experience Independence in the outside environment. This allows for the youth to find and be themselves without strict parental influence. A mentor is caring and values their mentee. Showcasing the value of Generosity exemplifies a great persona to be mimicked.
A child needs constant and consistent guidance. This will in turn foster a lasting relationship that the youth will come to cherish, but also expect. Once expectations are made, we as adults are responsible for meeting and executing upon those expectations. Promises must be kept, or the youth will begin to resent you because promises are rarely forgotten. Lies cause a mental pain that resembles a physical injury to the brain. Remember emotional health is key in raising a confident, well mannered young man or woman.
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