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Tips for Mentors by Colin Powell

" What adults do for children, what mentors do for children, is to pass on a hundred previous generations of experience. And if that is not passed on to a youngster, the youngster will get that experience on the street and it may not be a good experience and that youngster will head in the wrong direction.

So all of us, as citizens of this great country, have an obligation to not only raise our own children in this manner so that they can be a great new generation; we have an obligation to do this for all of our children, especially those children who don’t have this family structure, or whose family structure needs some help. And that’s why mentoring is so important. That’s why each and everyone one of us who has some time, some talent, and a willingness to get in the life of a child will volunteer to do that. It doesn’t mean that you become their parent; it just means you’re there for them.

. . . . You check on them,
. . . . see how they’re doing,
. . . . you encourage them,
. . . .…

Who Mentored Senator John McCain?

John McCain was first elected to represent the state of Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982. He was elected to the Senate in 1985. In 1997, he was named one of the "25 Most Influential People in America" by Time magazine.

After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1958, McCain began a 22-year career as a naval aviator. In 1967, he was shot down over Vietnam and held as a prisoner-of-war in Hanoi for five-and-a-half years (1967-1973), much of it in solitary confinement. He retired from the Navy as a Captain in 1981. McCain's naval honors include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and Distinguished Flying Cross.

A former high school teacher of mine, Mr. William Ravenel, changed my life. I was the son of a naval officer who led a transient life. When I was at a boy's boarding

school of mostly southern well-off families, Mr. Ravenel gave me some moorings and a compass. He was a man of such admirable qualities. He had …