Mentoring--What is it? What does it mean to be a mentor? The dictionary describes it as "An experienced and trusted adviser", or "An experienced person in a company or educational institution who trains and counsels new employees or student". I personally believe it goes beyond that. In the summer of 2016 I mentored three students, well three that went through our Youth Scholarship Program. Then there are those from classes that I helped teach, and even some that went through another class that asked if I would mentor them. You see, I love beekeeping so much that I want to help as many that are willing to learn. I help with installing packages, finding eggs, stages of brood, setting up hives, catch swarms, and even a few cut-outs here and there, but the list goes on and on. When someone asks for advise you be there for them, you don't tell them to read some more or take another class. Mentoring to me will always be something I enjoy and if you don't enjoy what you do, don't do it. Every year our program grows more and more, which means it's up to us to help keep this program great and for those that have a few years of beekeeping to pass on our knowledge to that one or two students that need us. When I go through all those applications in October for students that want to go through our program, I need to find mentors as well. I know we have some great beekeepers out there across the state that are willing to help that student with one of the greatest experiences that can be passed on from one generation to another, so my question to you is , "Are you ready to mentor someone, be there for them when they are willing to ask you for help and pass on some of your great knowledge?" Please fill out the form below to be on our list of mentors to call upon when we have a student in your area, I will always call upon those who are truly willing to help others. Thank you!
Eric Kenoyer-IHPA Youth Scholarship Coordinator