If there is one thing I was ever sure about above all else is that I am a born mentor. At the age of 14 in Sri Lanka, I volunteered to fill the space of an absent Sunday School teacher for a class of 35 thirteen-year-olds. I not only enjoyed this experience but proved to be very successful at it and carried on tutoring for years to come.
Ever since my first teaching experience, I have never turned down a single opportunity to educate, mentor and facilitate others with their personal or professional development. During my time at the local chapter of the Junior Chamber International in Sri Lanka, I was appointed Director Individual in 1996 and here I started my ministry of personal development supporting others, running parallel as my second job. https://jci.cc/
Between 2005 and 2010 my family took part in the assisted lodgings, pilot scheme with Step by Step in Hampshire – https://www.stepbystep.org.uk/. We hosted care leavers aged between 16 to 18, proactively supporting these young adults in education, personal and career development. It was a role that often required little more than simple empathy and listening skills. Many of them have moved onto post-graduate education and found successful careers.
And here are some of their stories…