Hobby Mentors

by R Roy | Apr 03, 2013
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Summary:

My idea is to provide a mentoring program that is focused on youth/adult interactions that support youth 1) exploring and trying new areas of interest to them, 2) finding one they love and 3) delving into it. The best word I have come up with is hobby, but really, I want youth to explore and find a constructive passion in their lives from a WIDE selection of opportunities close to home. The way this might work is to develop a program that is not necessarily focused on assigning one adult mentor to one youth, but instead, having a slate of mentors who each are avid about a particular hobby or activity and allowing youth to meet with mentors based on the youth's interest for as few or many times as they would like. Picture this... I am 14 years old, and I'd really like to learn about cars, space travel, rugby or stamp collecting. I could look at a list of interests on a web site and check and rank by my interest any and all I'd like to try. Then I would be matched with a carefully screened adult when one becomes available for one of my top interests. Ideally, I would meet with that mentor within easy walking/biking distance of my house in a public facility that provides both meeting space and other physical, mechanical, information resources that can facilitate my learning from a mentor (schools come to mind!...think art room, sewing rooms, industrial shop equipment, darkrooms, computers, etc). If once tried, it was not my cup of tea, I re-rank and keep trying areas until I find one about which I am passionate. Then I can meet with various mentors and learn everything I can from each one in turn. I can be assured the mentors are screened for my safety and I can even rate them on line to help the next teen that is looking for something to do.
This could make great use of underutilized facilities, provide more adult/youth interaction, provide healthy safe activities for youth and generally better harness the energy, creativity and intelligence of our youth.

About You

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About You

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R

Last Name

Roy

City

Shoreview

County

Ramsey

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United States, MN, Ramsey County

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Names of others who helped contribute to my idea

I bounced it off the students I tutor and fellow tutors to get feedback

How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

Heard it on the radio and looked it up on the internet

About Your Organization (if applicable)

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Math Corps tutor in St. Paul Public Schools

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United States

Your idea

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Title of your idea

Hobby Mentors

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

My idea is to provide a mentoring program that is focused on youth/adult interactions that support youth 1) exploring and trying new areas of interest to them, 2) finding one they love and 3) delving into it. The best word I have come up with is hobby, but really, I want youth to explore and find a constructive passion in their lives from a WIDE selection of opportunities close to home. The way this might work is to develop a program that is not necessarily focused on assigning one adult mentor to one youth, but instead, having a slate of mentors who each are avid about a particular hobby or activity and allowing youth to meet with mentors based on the youth's interest for as few or many times as they would like. Picture this... I am 14 years old, and I'd really like to learn about cars, space travel, rugby or stamp collecting. I could look at a list of interests on a web site and check and rank by my interest any and all I'd like to try. Then I would be matched with a carefully screened adult when one becomes available for one of my top interests. Ideally, I would meet with that mentor within easy walking/biking distance of my house in a public facility that provides both meeting space and other physical, mechanical, information resources that can facilitate my learning from a mentor (schools come to mind!...think art room, sewing rooms, industrial shop equipment, darkrooms, computers, etc). If once tried, it was not my cup of tea, I re-rank and keep trying areas until I find one about which I am passionate. Then I can meet with various mentors and learn everything I can from each one in turn. I can be assured the mentors are screened for my safety and I can even rate them on line to help the next teen that is looking for something to do.
This could make great use of underutilized facilities, provide more adult/youth interaction, provide healthy safe activities for youth and generally better harness the energy, creativity and intelligence of our youth.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The path taken is driven by the youth themselves and the interests they have. It really works from the intrinsic interests and drive of each individual youth. It is NOT a cookie cutter approach. In my experience, the best mentoring relationships are found, not assigned. Adult sign up from a love of their hobby or interest as well, and an urge to pass it on to a new generation. They could self rank as beginner, intermediate or expert.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

It would provide youth a broad array of experiences close to home, forge lasting bonds between youth and adults, allow adults to foster youth in their areas of interest and pass that interest to a new generation. Our youth would grow and thrive and our adults would get the satisfaction of supporting that growth and giving back to the community. As the youth gain expertise and use their creativity, the adults would benefit by learning new ways to think about their areas of interest from the youth. It could dramatically drive social cohesion through adults seeing youth, and especially youth of a different culture from themselves, in new light. (think Hmong adult teaching embroidery or music to non-Hmong youth or caucasian adult teaching car repair to non-caucasian youth)

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Because after experiencing it, youth would promote it among themselves. "Hey, did you know you could try...." Adults would find that there are some youth that share the interests they have. Because if their were a local center dedicated to this it woulld be a focal point of community. (Think a public library, but instead of borrowing books, youth are "borrowing" experts and "reading" (hands-on experimenting) with new ideas, interests, hobbies.)

bhjhgj hgjjg said: A hobby mentor can be a good career. However, it is much better to have something that can be shared. - YOR Health about this Competition Entry. - 2626 days ago read more >

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