A mentor is someone who guides you in your development as an activist. Mentoring is a proven way to develop people. Receiving guidance and coaching from a guide can be crucial to making an impact on your cause.

The benefits are especially vital to new activists. A mentor will:

  • prepare you for the work

  • talk through your ideas

  • answer your questions

  • introduce you to others who can help you

  • suggest training or other resources for your development

  • help you learn the informal and subtle cultural norms in your organization

This kind of personal guidance means you are more likely to be impactful and to stay longer in the cause.