We all need a little guidance. Schoolwork can be overwhelming. Your personal life can be totally filled with drama. Striving for your goals can become a struggle. You might become discouraged. These are the times you need someone to give you sound advice. A mentor.

According to metoring.org, 1 in 3 young people will grow up without a mentor. But having a mentor is very important. Mentors enhance personal and professional (career or educational) development. They serve as role models and advocates who support and advise their mentees.

The word mentor may make you think of wise and successful adults with years of life experience. While these adults are mentors, so are girls your age. The age of your mentor doesn’t matter. Expertise and experience are the true keys.

Now, you might be wondering where to find a mentor. Mentors are all around. Mentor programs like Girl Talk, which has chapters all over the country, ensure girls receive mentorship to develop key characteristics of successful young women at a developing age.

Girl Talk pairs high school mentors with middle school mentees. Their mission is to help teenage girls build self-esteem, develop leadership skills, and recognize the value of community.

Since 2002, Girl Talk has reached more than 60,000 girls in 48 states and 7 countries. They’re definitely making an impact. So check them out. If you’re in high school, you can share your experiences and be a positive role model. If you’re in middle school, you can learn from older girls about how to make the best of your time during the most formative grades of your life. And if you’re in college, Girl Talk also has internship opportunities (if you’re in the Atlanta area).

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