Adam Steel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, community activist, and mentor. For the past 10 years he has been supporting young people in need of support. Along with one-on-one and group mentoring, he has also collaborated with numerous professionals and organizations in the field, and has successfully implemented art, music, and educational curricula throughout Southern California. Adam embraces a holistic approach in living and mentoring. He believes that in order for anyone to live a healthy, happy life, they must understand and grow their mind, body, and spirit. Adam is currently continuing his personal and professional growth by pursuing his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology.
The NEED for Mentorship
The Mentor-Mentee relationship has existed for thousands of years and across many cultures. This relationship was very important as the elders knew that young people needed support and guidance as they traversed through the world. Unfortunately, young people in the 21st Century have no real access or opportunity to engage in this important relationship.
It is very common for today’s young people to keep mental health issues a secret from their friends and family. Unless recognized, these issues can grow in frequency and severity. There is an epidemic of young people struggling with: anxiety, depression, life skills development, personal identity, bullying, negative peer influences, and drug/alcohol abuse.
THE SEARCH FOR MEANING
Adam embraces the belief that each individual is on a quest to find meaning in their life. The meaning of life according to Holocaust survivor and psychologist Viktor Frankl, lies in finding a purpose and taking responsibility for ourselves and other human beings. By having a clear “why” we can face all the “how” questions of life. Only by feeling free and sure of the objective that motivates us will we be empowered to make the world a better place. Today, our “search for meaning” can become clouded in the chaos of the 21st century. Knowing this, the support and guidance of a mentor can help remind an individual of their inherent potential and important role they play in the world.
From my experience, most parents (and teachers) feel extremely disconnected from their teen and young adult children for a variety of reasons and are often lacking the tools to effectively support them. This is due to the huge societal and cultural changes that have completely altered the mental health landscape. Even when parents seek help from mental health professionals like a therapist or psychiatrist, far too many find their kids in need of more support.