The central task of Avary Mentors involves the journey of awakening the unique, inner spirit of each youth. Every human being comes into this world with an inborn sense of meaning and a potential for greatness. When we live aligned with this inner wisdom, our worlds can be filled with meaning, beauty, and the power that comes from being true to our authentic self. Living from our center gives us the resiliency and grit that we need to thrive amidst the challenges and obstacles that life presents. But for most of us, we need a guide to help us remember our inborn brilliance and natural capacity to thrive.
Many of our communities are plagued by a generational cycle of woundedness and soul loss. Issues of violence, depression, and suicide in our young people often comes from a lack of seeing and confirming their inner nobility and the gifts that their soul has to offer. The human spirit needs to feel valued and loved, its distinct gifts need to be welcomed. In the past, this validation used to come from the community elders, from the mentors, but unfortunately, this is no longer the norm. Instead of being respected and honored for who they are, young people today face intense pressure to conform and fit in. They are judged, made to feel that they don’t matter or that they aren’t deserving of life. This causes a woundedness and a loss of spirit.
The need and the call to the mentor and the community elder is to help end this generational cycle of pain and suffering. The Avary Mentor helps to guide and awaken a young person to their potential, revealing the gifts they have to give the world. The mentor honors the nobility and inner spirit of the youth. They see and respect the brilliance within the mentee, reflect it to the child, and support the youth to claim and live their truth in life.
We do this by being a consistent and positive presence in a young person’s life. We show up and affirm the infinite possibility that is within them. We affirm that they matter and that their gifts are needed by society. Over time the mentee develops a deeper relationship with their authentic self and is guided to walk with firm footing on their path towards self-discovery.