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"I know I'm not alone": the key role of mentors in times of crisis

When you are a girl, boy or adolescent from any part of the world, you have surely faced the daunting challenge of having to adapt to online school and being at home all day. Beyond the hours in front of the computer that seem endless, or the ordeal of spending the rest of the day doing tasks that you don't understand, not being able to see your friends or being in a space other than home, is the biggest challenge.

The world may be stopped, but you keep growing. What happens when you are faced with new situations without having someone to confide your worries to? Who to ask for advice? What if your dad, mom or siblings are also so worried that you feel like you can't get close to them? Maybe at 12 or 15 years old, you are feeling lonelier than ever.

For this reason, organizations in various parts of the United States have promoted the work of hundreds of heroes and heroines who, with a weekly call, a dance session on TikTok or even a walk in the park, have managed to raise the spirits and dreams of thousands of children and adolescents in the country: the mentors. This is a rare figure in Mexico, but one who, according to an article in the New York Times, has proven invaluable in the well-being and future expectations of his mentees.

Mentors play a fundamental role by accompanying their mentees in decision-making in the face of challenging situations, especially in this time of crisis. That was the case of Ansh, a 17-year-old boy who lost his father to Covid-19. Ansh recounts that the company of his mentor, Jared, an Account Director for Glassdoor in New York, helped him not only deal with this loss, but prompted him to start a project he would never have dared to do alone.

Photo: Ansh and his mentor in one of the sessions they managed to have away from home.

Sarah Blesner for the New York Times

Like Ansh's, there are thousands of success stories. And there are many more that are yet to start. You can know them all by reading the full article here.

As well as organizations like Bigs & Littles and Children of Promise, at Clap! We seek to promote mentoring as a fundamental tool to promote the well-being of our children and adolescents during this difficult period. Furthermore, our model is designed to give them the necessary tools to transform their dreams and talents into better life trajectories, even during difficult times.


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