YBL Resources for Mentors
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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 for Mentors
If your student is accepted into the program, we ask that you join us on campus for the last 24 hours of the program – arriving evening of Thursday, June 18, 2020 and leaving at the completion of the camp the afternoon of Friday, June 19, 2020. We will be contacting you to arrange for your travel and stay here at Asbury University. As a mentor, you will also be involved post-event with the student for some curriculum driven follow up conversations, discipleship and a student-initiated community action ministry project.
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.
You will be asked to complete a background check before you come to campus. Please notify us ASAP with any dietary restrictions or special accommodations we can provide for you.
Mentor Role Post-YBL
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
|6:30 p.m.||Mentor registration*|
|7:30 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|
|1:30 p.m.||Student Project Presentations|
|4 p.m.||Sending Service|
|5 p.m.||Head Home|
*Mentors who fly in earlier in the evening are welcome to join us for dinner in Asbury’s cafeteria.
**Mentors are welcome to stay in a dormitory on campus at no cost.