By DeVonté Harpool
Sr. Human Resources Generalist
Why am I a mentor? The answer to this question goes back to my childhood. Although my mom was the guiding force in my life and the greatest example of what you can achieve through hard work and perseverance, I did not have a mentor growing up. Looking back, it would have been great to have an adult in my life who wasn’t related to me to offer advice, a listening ear, and help with challenges. Those thoughts often come to mind when I mentor today.
Anyone who truly knows me is aware of my strong passion for helping others and making an impact in the community. I’m very low-key about my service, but I pray my legacy of giving back continues with my stepdaughter, Jasmine, and my daughter, JaMya.
For me, mentoring is about building relationships and trust. I enjoy getting to know the young person I’m mentoring. It’s great to incorporate those things I’ve learned into outings that are fun and meaningful.
I am currently mentoring with DREAM Alive, a nonprofit organization in Indianapolis focused on mentoring youth in 7th through 12th grades. I learned about Dream Alive through colleagues at Bell Techlogix. I thought it would be a great fit for me. After a background check and training class, I was assigned to mentor Antonieo. The experience has been awesome. Our time so far has included several outings, including an Indianapolis Colts game (photo above)!
Serving as a mentor has not only helped me lead differently and enhanced my perspective on our world but given me the precious gift of making an impact in the lives of today’s youth. As the famous Bob Proctor would say, “a mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself and helps bring it out of you.”