I have been writing columns for Pure Living Nashville for a year and genuinely enjoy the collaboration. I have typically authored topics from an educational perspective such as healthy living initiatives, wellness strategies, nutritional disciples, the importance of quality sourced supplements, skin health, and even detoxification. However, this month, I have chosen to write on a personal subject close to my heart. One which encompasses a vital component of my life experiences, and which has been a foundation for who I am today.
This month’s column does not encompass a typical wellness topic because November is not necessarily a typical month for me, for two reasons. The first is because it is Thanksgiving, which is extremely special to me and my family. We give thanks for all the blessings bestowed on me, my husband, and my four children. In my opinion, November is the perfect month to reflect on how truly lucky we are as Americans.
Secondly, November is special because it is celebrated as National Inspirational Role Model Month. A month observed to focus on, and celebrate, the many role models and mentors who have impacted our lives.
Why is this immensely special to me? The answer is that I have personally had a myriad of extraordinary role models in my life. Starting with my parents and grandparents, friends, family members, teachers, professors, and a plethora of colleagues who have supported and helped guide, educate, and meld me. Luckily, I have always had a wonderful source of consistent mentors who have cared about my well-being, my goals, and my passions, both personally and professionally.
Historically, the term “mentoring” became customary practice during the Middle Ages for guilds and trade apprenticeships, where younger and less experienced workers benefited from the patronage of the more experienced and established professionals. According to National Today, in the early 1970s, businesses began recognizing the vital role of mentorships in the development of corporate executives, thus increasing programs to help younger and less experienced employees progress.
It is a fact; that strong mentors and/or role models can be a powerful force to shape the lives of children and support their safety and welfare while also setting inspirational examples to be emulated. Though not everyone has had the fortunate experiences I have with mentoring opportunities. That is why I have created a platform titled the Rahm Foundation Mentorship Program for both mentors and mentees looking to grow mentorship communities.
Our Mentorship Program is based on my unwavering belief in the pursuit of a more equitable world. A large aspect of working for that equality is investing in our children, especially those who are less fortunate. We want to make sure those who long for success can learn how to become successful from others; while also inspiring, uplifting, and equipping children of all backgrounds to embrace their unique potential, overcome challenges, and achieve their goals.
Our mission also includes teaching the importance of social responsibility and giving back to society; promoting inclusiveness by embracing diversity; exploring passions, talents, and interests by providing mentees with the tools and guidance necessary to achieve goals while cultivating leadership. Our project seeks to bridge the gap between experience and ambition, recognizing that both mentors and mentees have valuable contributions to offer in this journey of shared growth.
The Rahm Foundation has supported many causes through the years; environmental initiatives, education, social, cultural, and academic empowerment through scholarships, while also extending to mental health programs through Tennessee Voices. I am proud to include our Mentorship Program among our many initiatives. Without such special role models and mentors, I am not sure I would be the person I am today. Mentors and role models are some of the best investments in our children, and I am thrilled to support such a program.