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Building H.I.S. Character bridge the academic and social gaps among youth while offering continuous support. Mentoring is the act of community building not doing a mentee's work for them.  BHC is initially done in a group setting with the possibility of a one-on-one relationship between a caring, devoted adult and a willing youth. The mentoring relationship is two-way where both the mentor and the mentee are respectful of each other's needs. Although mentors are more knowledgeable and experienced, they view themselves as equal to those whom they mentor. They are willing and responsible for their own learning and growth. They enjoy the process and have fun growing and learning together.

The mentor should act as an advisor, friend, confidant, encourager, listener, motivator, and coach, not as a therapist, parent, bank, law enforcer, or savior. Mentoring involves learning and developing over a pre-determined period of time with continuous program support. Mentors should be warm, accepting, friendly, empathetic, compassionate, patient, and generous with their time, honest, genuine whether in praise or correction, and willing to share and learn from many sources. Mentors should teach by example and encourage mentees to persevere and excel. They expose their mentees to new ideas, perspectives, standards, and to the values and norms of society.  The most effective mentors offer support, challenge, patience, and enthusiasm while they guide others to new levels of achievement. A mentor is willing to guide youth with a non-reciprocating attitude and show high interest and involvement with the mentee's growth, success, and experiences. They provide opportunities and resources to guide mentees beyond their current limitations and constraints.

He must be highly interested and involved with the mentee's growth, success, and experiences.. They should be supporters, giving emotional and moral encouragement. Mentors should provide specific feedback on a mentee's performance. While acting as a sponsor, mentors should provide information about and assistance in obtaining resources and opportunities. Moreover, mentors should act as role models, exemplifying the kind of person one should be morally and ethically.

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