May 29, 2024

Why You Should Join Me as a YES! Mentor - A Personal Story by Wayne Veldsman

When I first decided to become a YES! Mentor back in 2021, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. The thought of guiding ambitious high school entrepreneurs was exciting yet a bit daunting. Little did I know this experience would not only be rewarding, but also incredibly fun and energizing!

Mentoring these young visionaries took me back to my own early days of entrepreneurial enthusiasm. Brainstorming sessions often felt more like invigorating challenges than work. It was like returning to my origins—those initial sparks of creativity and ambition.

One of the most surprising aspects of being a mentor was how seamlessly it fit into my schedule. The time commitment wasn't immense—it was just enough to be meaningful without being overwhelming. Whether it was answering a quick question between tasks or a fun brainstorming meeting over lunch, mentoring provided a delightful mid-week break from my usual activities.

Volunteering as a YES! Mentor is more than guiding the next generation of entrepreneurs; it's about growth, both for the mentees and for yourself. It’s about stepping into a community that is vibrant, supportive, and always pushing the boundaries of what's possible.

I’m calling on anyone looking for a rewarding and manageable way to give back—consider becoming a YES! Mentor. Whether you’re seasoned in the business world or just passionate about helping others grow, your experience and insights can make a huge difference to these young entrepreneurs.

Are you ready to inspire and be inspired? To create and explore alongside bright, motivated minds? If so, I invite you to join me in this fulfilling journey as a YES! mentor. Let's nurture the next generation together, one brainstorm at a time.

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