5 Simple Ways to Thank Your Mentor

January marks the 15th year of National Mentoring Month. According to National Mentoring Month, “Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects for your people, that ultimately strengthens our community.” I can attest to this. I’ve been mentored … Continue reading

Mentoring Quotes to Move You

Oprah Winfrey said it best.
“For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out,” she said.
Let’s think about it. Do you remember the first person who pushed you just a little harder? You didn’t want to do it. You kicked. You screamed. Even though, your initial response was the same result. And then, you tried it. You gave that extra leap and everything changed.
That’s what it feels like to have a mentor. You will be pushed. You will be skeptical of the suggestions, but they will move you in the right direction.
January is National Mentoring Month, which is honestly one of my favorite months. I work for a youth development organization. The organization offers many unofficial mentoring opportunities to the youth and people in the community. In commemoration of this month, I compiled a list of ten mentoring quotes to move you.

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
– Isaac Newton

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”
– Phil Collins

“The mediocre leader tells.  The good leader explains.  The superior leader demonstrates.  The great leader inspires.”
– Gary Patton

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

“What I need is someone who will make me do what I can.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you get, give, if you learn, teach.”
– Maya Angelou

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
– Booker T. Washington

“You can only mentor somebody if they want to be.”
– Phil Ramone

“What you want in a mentor is someone who truly cares for you and who will look after your interests and not just their own. When you do come across the right person to mentor you, start by showing them that the time they spend with you is worthwhile.”
– Vivek Wadhwa

Are you moved? I hope so. Are you interested in serving as a mentor? I have the solution for you. It’s the 5 Tips to Being a Great Mentor.

Black Girls Rock: Top 7 Moments


Last night, black girls and women gathered around the television screen to watch the Black Girls Rock! which is an awards program that honors female trailblazers who have made an exceptional contribution to the lives of those in their community and beyond. This year’s event featured the following honorees: Marian Wright Edelman, Queen Latifah, Mara Brock Akil, Misty Copeland, Ameena Matthews, Venus Williams, and Patti Labelle. I don’t know about you all, but I was empowered and ready to shout to the mountain top “Hey, I’m a Black Girl and I Rock!” by the end of the show. You couldn’t help but be moved after hearing such great speeches and performances.


Therefore, I decided to share with you all my top 7 moments from the Black Girls Rock, and hopefully it will move you just the same.


7) The “Girlfriends” reunion. I was definitely singing the theme song while they appeared on stage to honor Mara Brock Akil.


6) Kelly Rowland brought in Sevyn Streeter and Eve! I hope Eve is ready for a comeback. That was dope! I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who was looking for Michelle Williams and Beyonce’ to appear on stage. I just knew they were the special guests. Great teaser BET! Great teaser!


5) During Ameena Matthews’s speech, she shared a reflection where she told her daughter that they would be Black Girls Rock one year. Her daughter nodded her head with tears streaming from her eyes. Matthews said that she’s the Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman of today while fighting for freedom in the streets of Chicago.


4) Misty Copeland, the 3rd African-American soloist in the American Ballet Theatre, was honored. She said, “Black girls do rock….Black girls can be ballerinas.” I also loved her opening to Patti LaBelle’s selection “You are my Friend.”


3) Mrs. Marian Wright Edelman is history, period. She started the Children’s Defense Fund and a civil rights activist. She was a member of the freedom riders. She sought for equality. I cherished it when she said, “Don’t let anyone else define you.”


2) Mara Brock Akil accepting her award. She said, “Even if no one else sees you, I see you.” “We are worth protecting. We are worth loving. We must continue to rock,” Akil continued.


1) Beverly Bond’s speech where she said, “We must life as we climb.” Everything we as black woman do is a part of a platform which can make a difference in the lives of the young black girls. Bond told us to rebuild our village and create a healthy sisterhood.


What moments made you want to get up and do something after watching Black Girls Rock?