Mission Matched with Mentoring

Thrive360 matches mentors with teens through the Future Authoring program. With the framework of the Future Authoring program combined with the encouragement of a mentor, teens are asked to dream and visualize their own futures. They contemplate the question, “What do you hope to achieve in your life and what kind of person do you want to be?” Teens aim at the betterment of themselves three to five years down the road, and across the basic dimensions of life: relationships, friendships, family, education, career, education, physical health, leisure life, qualities they admire, and their relationship with God. Conceptualizing this future teaches teens that sacrificing their immediate short-term gain is going to benefit them in the long haul.

The research done with the Future Authoring program indicates that people who can conceptualize their highest aim “find themselves feeling less anxious about the uncertainty of the future and know what they could do today to start down the path of becoming the person they wanted to be.” Helping teens articulate a productive path for themselves has shown to improve both their focused mindset and their school or work performance.

The power of this aim-oriented mentoring model is its ability to harness in writing the teen’s own goals and standards for making their life better. They aim high and thrive as a consequence. They feel the positive emotion of moving toward a valued target. Working with a mentor, a teen can progress at their own pace. When a teen becomes stuck or has questions, they can leverage the input of mentors at points of challenge.

The Future Authoring program combined with a mentor is a profound way of fortifying the teen and helping them act courageously in relation to their aim. Mentors and mentees are matched based on gender, hobbies, and interests. Mentors and mentee meet twice a month at Thrive360 during the academic year. Each session lasts 60 minutes. Mentors must be 21 years or older.