The transition from middle school to high school can be tricky. Teens immediately begin searching for an identity, social acceptance, and a path forward.
As confounding as this is, we (as parents) aren't always in the best position to influence our kids during this period of uncertainty. We're still a major player on the surface - but at the edges of their psyche - they often prefer external voices and opinions.
Enter the mentor.
Mentors come in many shapes and sizes. Your child's mentor could be an older sibling, coach, music teacher, Boy or Girl Scout Leader, guidance counselor, aunt, uncle, grandparent, neighbor - or person like me. Some children have multiple mentors.
Does your son or daughter have a mentor(s)?
Benefits of having an early mentor in high school
Wisdom and learning. Mentors share important life lessons from past successes and failures.
Expertise and knowledge. Mentors can provide answers and guidance in a field most parents know nothing about.
Contacts. Mentors can connect students with their lifelong contacts.
Improve performance. Mentors provide students with skills, tools, and resources to enhance their performance.
Reduce feelings of isolation. Mentors allow students to check-in with someone "other than their parent".
Perspective and vision. Mentors offer new ways of looking at things based on a different set of life experiences.
Life skills. Mentors can teach new skills (e.g. interview skills, networking, online resume building)
Pattern interrupt. Mentors ask questions that break patterns and challenge students to think on their own.
Objectivity. Mentors have no expectations, no bias, no ulterior motives, no hidden agenda, no unspoken belief system to impose on the student.
Honesty. Mentors don't have to sugarcoat reality or the truth for students.
Corroboration. Mentors provide additional data points that students can triangulate with parents, teachers, and friends.
My purpose in life is to be this type of mentor.
And I take this opportunity and responsibility very seriously - as seriously as I took my job as a Wall Street Investment Banker, Navy SEAL, Firefighter, Shark Tank contestant, husband, and father.
At PrepWell Academy, I do my best to provide the right blend of teaching, questioning, pushing, exposing, challenging, and supporting.
The benefit to starting this relationship freshman year extends well beyond keeping your son or daughter (and you) apprised of the nuts-and-bolts of the college admissions process. It kicks-off a long-term relationship with a mentor who connects with your child in a unique way.
I'd be honored to be your son or daughter's mentor during this challenging and exciting time. And, if I'm not the one, then please search far and wide for someone who foots the bill. The benefits are too big to ignore.
If you think I would be a valuable asset, resource, and mentor for your child, please enroll here.
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Author: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank, etc.
Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.