As Told By Nomads


605:The Importance of Youth Mentorship with Artis Stevens

Ep. 605

In today's episode of the As Told by Nomads Podcast, join me and Artis Stevens as we discuss what mentorship can mean to a child, to his or her future, and the communities he or she will eventually become a part of. The Juvenile Justice and Welfare System  refers to a system dealing with children at risk and in conflict with the law.Tune in to Artis talk about what mentorship can create, the #1 mentorship myth that needs to be debunked, how Big Brothers Big Sisters of America differs from the JJWS, and so much more.

To be a BIG

For Artis, there are a lot of people who believe that to be a big brother or a big sister, you have to be all this and all that. Kids just want a role model that can be present, can listen, engage, and be authentic. That’s what kids, who’ve lost connection and opportunities in life, basically need from mentors.

To succeed in providing that kind of connection to a little (a mentee), you have to gain their trust first. One of the biggest factor that Tayo mentions is needed to successfully connect with a mentee, to which Artis agrees, is consistency. Once a little understands that you’re genuinely interested in their milestones, they open up to you more.

About Artis Stevens:

A proven visionary leader and strategist, bringing more than 20 years of strategic marketing experience. A sought-after speaker on revitalizing nonprofit brands, infusing brand culture, and converting marketing to engagement and profit.

Named American Marketing Association Foundation's (AMAF) 2018 National Nonprofit Marketer of the Year, the highest honor bestowed by the AMA/AMAF on nonprofit marketing professionals. Recognized for leadership in revitalizing 4-H's 100-year-old brand image. 

Outline of the episode:

  • [02:34] Become a big brother or a big sister!
  • [04:04] I was born into this work
  • [07:37] How Big Brothers Big Sisters of America was founded
  • [09:06] Kids are in poverty, emotional trauma, and social isolation
  • [11:13] Mentoring the youth is a lifetime process
  • [14:38] The scale of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
  • [17:01] People can get involved in soooo many ways
  • [18:22] Artis Stevens – I thought that was my way in
  • [20:18] On fighting for diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility
  • [22:01] Before we leave the house everyday…




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