January is National Mentoring Month and CPE will be celebrating its mentors throughout the month for the time they spend cultivating meaningful relationships with their mentees! Over the last 25 years, we’ve watched the relationships between our mentors and students develop and have seen first-hand how mentors have tapped into the potential of our students to help them become the best versions of themselves. David Heaton has been a CPE mentor for more than 2 years. Learn how he is helping his mentee, Bryan, achieve his dreams.
Danielle (CPE): Why did you become a mentor?
David: When I was in high school and college, I had always volunteered and done community service, but fell out of the habit as an adult. After my oldest child was born, I wanted him to see me doing volunteer work to model that behavior for him.
Danielle (CPE): How long have you been mentoring with CPE?
David: Two and a half years.
Danielle (CPE): What is your favorite activity to do with Bryan?
David: Catching the latest Marvel movie!
Danielle (CPE): What is one of Bryan’s dreams?
David: To become an immigration lawyer.
Danielle (CPE): How are you helping him achieve his dream?
David: Mostly, I’ve helped him with backward planning to explain the pathway to achieve that goal. We do activities together like volunteering with CARECEN that will help him demonstrate to colleges (and eventually law schools) a real commitment towards achieving that ultimate goal.
Danielle (CPE): How has CPE helped you in your mentoring relationship?
David: CPE provides the foundation for the relationship. Without the expectation that we would be talking and seeing each other on a regular basis, it would have been very easy to have NOT done those things, especially in the beginning.
Danielle (CPE): What advice would you give anyone considering mentoring?
David: A successful mentoring relationship is about consistency over time. It’s not about having a perfect engagement every time you see each other. If you and your mentee do an activity that ends up being a big failure, don’t sweat it. Just do something different next time.
To learn more about becoming a CPE mentor, visit https://www.cpfe.org/mentor/.