Know what your obligations are.

If you are in a formal mentoring program, review the application and screening process. Bear in mind that if you didn’t give yourself an A+ on any of these self-administered tests, it doesn’t mean you don’t have what it takes to be a terrific mentor. It probably bodes well. Kids aren’t perfect and aren’t looking for perfection in their mentors. They are looking for people who have a genuine interest in them, like them, and are willing to learn about them and about how to be helpful to them.