Crystal clear mental approach:
First of all, reconsider the decision of mentoring a teenager as it can be a nerve-racking job. You will have to be patient, motivated and mature to handle them. Ask yourself that why are you going to shoulder this responsibility? Do you have that much self control and patience to bring tranquillity in somebody else’s life? If you are satisfied with the answers, then it’s time to take next step which will prove a big leap.
Use others’ experience:
You should meet the people who have the experience to handle teenagers. Ask them questions to get more understanding. You can have a meeting with subject’s teachers, coaches or even age fellows to know his psyche.
Make a routine:
Organise frequent meetings with your mentee but do not treat him like a subject who is going through a psychological help programme. Instead of giving lectures, have a friendly discussion and offer your piece of advice politely.
To build trust is very important to win your mentee’s heart. Make him so comfortable that he does not feel any hesitation to discuss anything. You can encourage them to open up by sharing your teenage problems.
Listen to them:
If they try to differ, listen to them with full attention and respect. However, you should not be so much sympathetic that they feel embarrassed to share their thoughts.
You should make them realise that you have complete faith in them. They are capable of doing anything and they have the confidence to alter the course of their life. This positivity will work like a catalyst and there will be a remarkable progress.
Remember you are not there to restrict them rather begin your activities with them. Expose them to new places and persons who can give them a sense of prosperous future.