John Sowers :: How do you mentor when the father’s still at home?

  • “Sometimes it can be a little bit weird,” says Dr. John Sowers, President of The Mentoring Project, “if the dad gets a little jealous.” In that case, the church or matching agency would be involved in handling any jealousy or danger. “But a lot of times, the dads are happy to see that.” Most of the time when a mentor is brought in, it’s because the dad is absent or disinterested in the first place. “The temptation for some mentors is to feel like they have to be a savior.” In the end, mentorship is simply friendship, and many kids have needs that require professional help beyond the capacity of a layperson.

    From The Justice Conference 2012.

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