Adam Steel is an award winning filmmaker, community activist, and mentor. For the past 10 years he has been mentoring 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, social skill development, personal identity, bullying, negative peer influences, and drug/alcohol abuse.
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 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 able to make the world a better place.
All the answers to our questions in life are not on the outside. Books will not explain what our own meaning of life is, nor will our family or friends. In reality, all our needs, passions and existential goals are within us.
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 such as therapists and psychiatrists, far too many find their kids in need of more support.