YBL Information for Mentors
Research continually shows the power and impact a mentor can have on a teenager in continuing to live into their faith and a potential calling to ministry. The desire to be seen and heard is a basic part of human life. Everyone seeks significance, meaning, and capability. We want to be known, to have purpose, and to be able to contribute in ways that matter. Mentoring gives space for these things to develop. Your involvement in your mentee’s life is significant and we believe you will make a huge difference in their life. In mentoring, young people are able to grow in their abilities through sustained caring and coaching amidst mistakes, failures, and successes. Thank you for investing in this way.
We want Youth Becoming Leaders to be an experience that launches students into a lifetime of leadership and discipleship. As a mentor, you serve a critical role helping the student to integrate YBL and everyday life.
Expectations and Roles for Mentors
Once your student is accepted you will receive information via email about completing a background check, dietary restrictions or special accommodations we can provide for you.
We also ask that you meet with your mentee prior to YBL to discuss their Ministry project. We would like for you to talk over the development of the ministry project your student will be working on at YBL and take home from YBL to help the local church or community. If you want to do this with someone from your church that could be helpful in guiding the project, we encourage you to do so. The goal is not for you to do the work, but rather to encourage your mentee and help them think well about it.
We ask that you join us on campus for the last 24 hours of the program – arriving evening of Thursday, June 15, 2023 and leaving at the completion of the camp the afternoon of Friday, June 16, 2023. We will be contacting you to arrange for your travel and stay here at Asbury University. Mentors are welcome to stay overnight in one of the dorms at Asbury University at no cost to you, or you may stay at home or with someone nearby if they choose to do so. Mentors who fly in earlier in the evening are welcome to join us for dinner in Asbury’s cafeteria.
You might see your role post-camp as two-fold: having vocational/spiritual conversations and helping facilitate their ministry project.
After the residential part of the program, we will give you and your student 12 weeks of devotionals to walk through together. These are designed for you both to complete on your own and then to come together to discuss weekly. We hope you will see these as a starting place for your on-going conversations on leadership, vocation, and discipleship.
The students will be developing a project that they are to initiate in your community. They will begin this process before they come. After the residential program, they will need on-going encouragement, support, and guidance as they lead these projects. By being engaged and involved in this process it will allow you to be present for those teachable moments when the student might need a word of encouragement, a small piece of advice, or just your support to know that someone believes in them.
Tentative Mentor Schedule
|6:00 p.m.||Mentor registration*|
|7:00 p.m.||Asbury University Campus Tour|
|8 p.m.||Welcome Reception|
|10 p.m.||Small Groups|
|11 p.m.||Lights out**|
|9 a.m.||Mentor Instruction|
|1 p.m.||Mentor/Mentee Activity & Check out of dorms|
|2:00 p.m.||Student Project Presentations|
|4 p.m.||Sending Service|
|5 p.m.||Head Home|
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