There are a number of mentors who say the experience they gained was much more rewarding than imagined.
Being a consistent friend for a young person – whether it’s taking them to the library, helping with homework, going on walks, etc. – makes a great difference because it lets the young person know that he or she matters.
Being someone who matters is a very rewarding feeling, no matter the circumstance.
As one can see, the learning process goes both ways in a mentoring relationship – as youth learn from a mentor, the mentor learns about him or herself from the youth.