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Chief Encouragement Officer
"When changing the world, remember self-care"
I work with social entrepreneurs + changemakers who want to make a difference with less stress and without burning out.
I help changemakers to be more productive (time management, inbox management, stress management) and to remember to take time out for self-care, reflection and celebration.
Each month I feature a Changemaker of the Month on my blog who receives three things: (1) promotion of the social enterprise (2) coaching or training in a topic of their choice (3) $$$ via the Donate28 program (there's one twist, though: they must spend the money on self-care or celebration).
Outside work, I love to dance salsa, watch foreign language films and eat Lebanese food. And I love contributing my ideas and energy to worthy causes like OpenIdeo :)
This is a great idea for a challenge, and I love that it seems to 'reverse' the typical direction of mentorship.
I have two examples where I've seen this kind of cross-generational mentoring work.
1. My local council set up a "youth mentoring seniors in computer skills" program over a series of weeks. I think it was run at the local library (or maybe through a school, I can't remember). I read about it in the newspaper, and I recall that both the seniors and the youth found it very useful.
I think for this to work, there needs to be clear boundaries around time commitment -- a short, intensive spurt of interaction would appeal more to the youth (say 4 consecutive weeks) rather than an open-ended, ongoing arrangement. Having a curriculum set out would also be helpful, so the youth don't need to reinvent the wheel.
2. Another example recently went viral: Students in Brazil being paired with retirees in the USA for English classes. This is a perfect example of the synergy that happens when a mentoring situation can be mutually beneficial.
(Every time I watch this video, I cry -- it is such an elegant solution to two complementary needs):