Harrison works with teenagers (13+) to help them identify their passion and build an exciting future for themselves.
With over 10 years as a teacher with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, Harrison incorporates goal setting, planning, and support to achieve short-term and long-term goals, project, and life dreams.
People can make changes, or simply improve on what they are doing, with the support of a mentor, whose aim is to take what is working and make it even better. Mentoring also focuses more on the present and what the teen can do here and now to better her/his life. Ultimately, the mentor connects a young person to the understanding of their own personal growth and development to opportunity that is in synch with their interests and strengths. At its core, it guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter.
Teens are at a pivotal point in their lives with life stressors ranging from bullying, expectations, mental health issues and more. These stressors can be disorienting, potentially leading them astray from the things they may want to pursue. Further, teenagers are beginning to enter a state of self-actualization, waking up to the realities of life, and beginning to shape an idea of how they may want to participate in it.
Research confirms that quality mentoring has powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.
A study showed that the strongest benefit from mentoring, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms — particularly noteworthy given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms at baseline. (The Role of Risk, 2013)
Mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them. (The Role of Risk, 2013)
Teen mentoring is not for every teen. It is suitable only for teens that want to achieve something and are able to look forward. It is only for teens who want to be mentored. If you are not ready, you can trust Harrison to let you know this and refer you and your teen to other services that may suit your needs better.
Whatever the teen wants to achieve is OK and every desire is accepted as an honest one. Harrison will help the young person find blocks and help get their life flowing forward again.