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The Expectations Of Being A Mentor

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Having a mentor through challenging times in a teenager’s personal life can play a positive role in their successful development as an adult.As a mentor, what you do is as important as what you say.
'Having a mentor through challenging times in a teenager’s personal life can play a positive role in their successful development as an adult.As a mentor, what you do is as important as what you say.Through mentorship programmes, such as the SAB 18+ Be The Mentor programme, aims to promote harm reduction, reduce underage drinking and contribute to broader change in communities, youth gain self-confidence and improve in attitude and behaviour.The SAB 18+ Be The Mentor mentorship programme works via its digital mentorship programme ( www.bethementor.sab.co.za ) and in field activations through SAB’s Smart Drinking Squad (SDS) who give guidance to peer mentors on how to avoid the negative effects of alcohol abuse and underage drinking, as well as support in other aspects of their lives.HDI Youth Consultancy CEO, Bongani Chinkanda said a good mentor uses their own behaviour to promote learning and positive development in the youngsters they mentor. “They should focus on the positive and approach challenges from a place of optimism and possibility, all the while keeping an eye out for teachable moments.This means using real-life moments to teach your group of mentees some of the lessons they need to understand.” Take advantage of local resources to cultivate their existing interests.It is the role of a mentor to encourage their mentee. “This will help them to build self-esteem and self-confidence.” A mentor should expect to be a positive role model to their mentee, with the majority of the relationship being one-directional, at least to start. “You might see some changes happening if you support your mentee in reaching their goal, but you can also expect to experience frustration when they don’t.” Chinkanda cautioned mentees not to expect that they would “reform” or “save” their group of mentees, or for immediate trust to form. “Things take time to change, and remember that your goals won’t necessarily mirror your mentees’ goals.Make the effort to schedule meetings and develop plans yourself, because this proactivity might not be a two-way street.” Accept that you might not immediately know about or understand the impact you have made on your mentees’ lives.All relationships go through stages.The B.E.S.T. (Building, Enhancing, Sustaining and Transitioning) model demonstrates the typical life-cycle of mentor relationships. “These stages are not always clear-cut and frequently overlap.Sometimes, relationships return to an earlier stage and cycle more than once.STAGE ONE: BUILDING The first stage of the mentoring life-cycle is building the relationship.Meeting with your mentees, establishing trust, clarifying roles and agreeing on boundaries are all part of this stage.This is also the stage at which you decide how long the mentorship will last; for example, one year or indefinitely.You and your mentee will both have some anxiety and/or excitement about building this new relationship.Take the initiative to explore mutual interests and find common ground.Because trust is so fragile at this point, it is extremely important to be consistent, authentic and open-minded.What you do now will set the tone for the rest of the mentoring relationship.STAGE TWO: ENHANCING Stage two involves enhancing the mentoring relationship.This means exploring interests in depth, setting goals and offering yourself as a resource to your mentees.The goals you set can be personal in nature.STAGE THREE: SUSTAINING In the third stage of the relationship, trust has been established and conversation is more comfortable, personal and open.Working on goals may be a central focus of the relationship.While this new level of comfort is wonderful, it may also come with some new challenges.You and your mentees may struggle to live up to the expectations you agreed to at the start of the relationship.If this happens, you may need to re-negotiate the terms of your relationship by evaluating what you have accomplished, what new goals you have, how you would like to work on them together, what problems the mentors may be encountering with their mentees and how these can be solved.STAGE FOUR: TRANSITIONING Change can be a scary thing, but it can be made easier by preparing.A good way to prepare for a relationship transition with your mentors is to talk about it.Celebrate how much you have accomplished, and remind your mentors about how much time remains.Part of these discussions should include what you want your relationship to look like once the programme ends.For those that wish to make the 18+ pledge to be an active mentor, visit  www.bethementor.sab.co.za   Mentor guides are also available on the website for guidance. . The post The Expectations Of Being A Mentor appeared first on iAfrica.com .'

OPINIONISTA: There’s space in bed for everyone

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Whether we call today’s travellers ‘millennials’ or ‘wanderlusts’, their preferred ‘sharing’ concept is something we must embrace. The spin-off for our tourism industry can only be positive – we’re living in an ‘experience’ economy. Let’s embrace it.
'Whether we call today’s travellers ‘millennials’ or ‘wanderlusts’, their preferred ‘sharing’ concept is something we must embrace. The spin-off for our tourism industry can only be positive – we’re living in an ‘experience’ economy. Let’s embrace it.'

Whatsapp has a positive impact on user psychological health: Dr. Linda Kaye report

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According to a recent study published in the international journal of human-computer science, WhatsApp is good for our mental health. It has a positive impact on our mental health. This… View Post
'According to a recent study published in the international journal of human-computer science,WhatsApp is good for our mental health. It has a positive impact on our mental health. This study was conducted by Dr.Linda Kaye a senior lecturer inpsychology at Edgehill University. She investigatesthat the feature of group chat has a helpfulimpact on mental well-being. It givescomfort to users. The study was conductedon a total of 200 WhatsApp users, which included 158 females and 41 men with anaverage age of 24 years. Examination shows that people use WhatsAppfor 55 minutes daily and the main featuremost people enjoyed is a group chatfeature. This feature gives an opportunity forpeople to share their daily tasks with their family and friends. The outcome uncover that additionaltime people spend on WhatsApp daily less isolatedthey felt and it increases their self-assurance.This study also negates the idea thatsocial media leaves a negative impact on the lives of people and affect theirmental health. Dr. LindaKaye said: “The more time people spend onWhatsApp they feel more closeness. They share their daily task with their family andfriends. They perceive that their relationship is good with others. She said that this technology helps people to increase their self-assurance and social competence.'

Japan supports U.S.-North Korea process, hopes latest talks lead to progress: Abe

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday Japan supported the United States and North Korea’s “process” and wished for the latest talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to result in positive developments, Japanese media reported.
'Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday Japan supported the United States and North Korea’s “process” and wished for the latest talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to result in positive developments, Japanese media reported.'

Akufo-Addo Has Given Ghana Positive Image

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'Emmanuel Attafuah-Danso The New Patriotic Party (NPP)Director of International Affairs, Emmanuel Attafuah-Danso has said Ghana has gainedinternational recognition across the globe due to President Nana Akufo-Addo’s wayof handling things.Addressing the Ghanaian communityin France, he insisted that Ghana’s image was low before the 2016 polls but theNPP government is reversing the trend.He said issues of corruptionsubjected Ghanaians to international ridicule but the NPP is clearing the messleft behind. “President Nana Akufo-Addo hasstopped the corruption and other bad practices that were the order of the daywhen the NDC were in power.Ghanaians are now recognized and respectedworldwide because of what the Akufo-Addo government has been able to achieve ina short period.” The NPP International AffairsDirector said the international community abhors corrupt practices “but sadlythe NDC administration tolerated corruption.” He said the only way Ghana canaccelerate development is to retain the NPP in office, adding “We should againvote massively for President Nana Akufo-Addo during the 2020 polls so that hecan lead us to the Promised Land.” Mr.Attafuah-Danso said the NPPadministration has Ghanaians in the Diaspora at heart, saying the governmenthas introduced policies to better their lives as well. “The reduction of import duties bygovernment is meant to improve the lives of our brothersand sisters living all over the world.” He added “the increase of theduration of Ghana passport from five to 10 years was a decision that thegovernment took to improve your lives.Again, efforts to implement theROPAA to enable you to vote during Ghana elections, which was captured in theNPP manifesto, shows that the government cares about you”. Attafuah-Danso also entreated Ghanaians living in abroad to register in their numbers and vote for the NPP should the ROPAA be implemented.FROM I.F.Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi  . The post Akufo-Addo Has Given Ghana Positive Image appeared first on DailyGuide Network .'

Pakistan man murders HIV positive wife in epidemic-hit south

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A Pakistani man killed his HIV positive wife in southern Pakistan, where hundreds of people have tested positive for the virus in recent weeks, stirring panic and casting a light on the country’s dismal public health standards.
'A Pakistani man killed his HIV positive wife in southern Pakistan, where hundreds of people have tested positive for the virus in recent weeks, stirring panic and casting a light on the country’s dismal public health standards.'

The week in radio and podcasts: The Beautiful Brain; Losing Earth

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An investigation into the sports-related brain disease CTE and a history of climate change denial were essential listening The Beautiful Brain | AudibleBook of the Week: Losing Earth | BBC Radio 4 The Beautiful Brain, a four-part podcast made for
'An investigation into the sports-related brain disease CTE and a history of climate change denial were essential listening The Beautiful Brain | Audible Book of the Week: Losing Earth | BBC Radio 4 The Beautiful Brain , a four-part podcast made for Audible by producer–presenter Hana Walker-Brown, is both a lovely and a painful listen. Lovely, because of the care and tenderness Walker-Brown puts into her work; painful, because of the subject matter. Continue reading…'