The Chance Foundation Scholarship is different from many other scholarships in that it gives at-risk students the tools needed to succeed in tertiary education beyond just a cheque. As evidenced by this mentorship program, The Chance Foundation focuses on the holistic development of its recipients.
When I was initially approached by the organization, I was a bit reluctant at first. I wondered if I truly had enough experience to commit to such a serious task. I am glad I went with my better judgment and accepted the role. My experience as a mentor with the Chance Foundation is one I will never forget. During the time spent with my mentee, I have learned so much not only about him, but discovered many qualities about myself.
One great aspect of the program is that the Chance Foundation will try to match you as best as possible with a mentee. My mentee was not only close in age but was pursuing a degree very similar to mine, so we had a lot in common. I believe this allowed us to quickly bond and gain each other’s trust.
Having someone depend on you, and look up to you as an example is a heavy responsibility and has challenged me to always be my best self. The best tactic I’ve learned in being a good mentor is to stop trying and just be. You may not be able to solve all your mentee’s problems, but just being there is sometimes enough. The memories I’ve forged and lessons I’ve learnt, I will cherish forever! I am thankful for this opportunity from the Chance Foundation for mutual enrichment.