teach-ability

Teach-ability- Quality of a True Leader

I’m really liking the idea that teach-ability is a quality of a true leader.

I’ve noticed that those students who exhibit a desire to learn and a willingness to seek and respond to suggestions from others really accelerate the rate at which they improve.

I think this is important in any position, but it seems to be especially important in a mentoring position.

Mentors need to be pros at seeking and responding to feedback.

We need to be able to seek it from our employers and supervisors, as well as from our mentees.

Making this behavior a part of ourselves truly creates real leadership.
— Cam, TFL Mentor

Mentoring moment personal

Mentor Moment With Cam…It’s Personal

As mentors we focus on what’s good for the students emotionally and socially.

Usually this revolves around a predetermined schedule of events that the mentors and students agree on.

Sometimes individual needs come up and we wonder what the best thing for the student is, given the new information, and how best to proceed.

Do we try to meet group needs or individual needs?

I think both.

Sometimes the best thing for the individual and the group is to show the group how important individual progress is by focusing on the one student who needs extra support.

At times this comes at the expense of rearranging the schedule, which can be uncomfortable, but we find that most often changes can be made that actually improve progress.

That’s something I like about TFL.

It’s personal.

We work individually on what the best thing is for each student.

Not everybody gets treated exactly the same.

It’s definitely not robotic like that.

I’m finding that assembly line education doesn’t work for our demographic, especially not in meeting emotional and social needs.

Knowing how to improvise to help in the best way possible separates mentors from line staff, and is a skill I really value here at TFL.

—Cam, TFL Mentor

 

New rock climber

A New Rock Climber Born…

Cambron often takes some of the students, especially Dallin, rock climbing.

They encouraged me to come along and try it, and

even though I was hesitant,

I decided to take them up on the offer a few weeks ago.

It was a little scary at first, but it was pretty fun.

It’s a great way to exercise, and it gave me a significant feeling of accomplishment when I got to the top of the climb.

I’ll definitely try it again. 

—Joseph, TFL student

Getting out of comfort zone.

Mentor Moment- Watching Students Step Out Of Their Comfort Zone

As a mentor I really enjoy the opportunities to watch the students step out of their comfort zone and do things they’ve never done before.

I have countless opportunities to give advice and feedback to the students in many areas such as social ballroom dance, dating, talking about their feelings, being an advocate for themselves, etc.

The one thing I always tell the students is, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” and many of the students have told me how true this statement is.

As they look back on things that challenged them the most, they seem to always end up being the most rewarding and that’s what life is all about.

Being slightly uncomfortable, whether or not by choice, can push us to achieve goals we never thought we could.

—Brittani, TFL Mentor

Mentors connecting with students

Mentoring Moments- Connecting And Being There For Each Other

We’ve had some great connecting moments these last couple weeks.

All of our students deal with different things, and the greatest thing about mentoring here at TechieForLife (TFL) is that most of the students are able to open up to the mentors about their challenges.

We really start seeing progress as students share their individual personal loads.

For example, one of our students deals with anxiety quite a bit. He’s been really open with the mentors, and we’ve had some success showing him that as a whole, the students and staff here at TFL are committed to consistently and dependably being there for each other.

As a mentor I’ve really enjoyed one on one conversations about progress and needs for improvement with students over dinner or lunch.

I think this provides a great opportunity for us to get away from the program for a minute and just talk in a relaxed, informal environment. –Cambron TFL Mentor

Brittani

Welcome Our New Mentor Brittani Sprunt!

TFL would like to welcome Brittani to our TFL family.

Brittani is a new mentor and we are excited to get to know her better.

She is from South Jordan, Utah and graduated from the best high school ever. (I may be a little biased since that is where I graduated as well!)

Brittani enjoys dancing, cooking and horseback riding.

Her dream vacation would be to cruise the Caribbean.

If she could pick one super power it would be superhuman strength and speed.

Brittani was introduced to her husband by a mutual friend and they have been married for a year and a half.

She and her husband moved down to St. George in August to attend Dixie State University where Brittani is studying Radiology with an emphasis in sonography.  —Kristin, TFL Program Director