The Letter W believes that students should be influenced by wealthy, successful and happy people. These traits may be found in a local business owner! Business owners can offer a student an abundance of relevant knowledge and life experiences, regarding an industry, the community, the economy, and the importance of having a good work ethic and good moral character. Business owners also have a strong interest in making the community a better place, and most business owners know that this starts with a community's children!
Start networking to find a local business owner who has an interest in improving education and opportunities for children. Try your local Rotary or BNI chapter.
Ask potential mentors if they would be willing to set aside some time each week to meet with your student--at their business or at a nearby coffee shop. Depending on your child's age and interest level this could be as simple as a 20 minute walk-through of a factory or facility, or as complex as an apprenticeship within the business.
Give your student the opportunity to feel confident in a business setting. Ask the mentor to give your student similar expectations of an employee or officer of the company: dress code, formalities, a firm hand-shake! Let your student dive into the unique culture of the business: perhaps the business prefers a high-five!
Ask for a short-term commitment from your business mentor. One month of short, weekly visits will give your student a taste of the business. Be sure to ask your mentor for referrals for your next round of mentors!
Observe, discuss and watch the wheels turn for your student! As you visit and get acquainted with a variety of businesses, your student may start noticing the secrets to success!