Sukanya Bora, Learning & Engagement Strategist at Frederick Health
by W2WM Senior Program Assistant Andrea Baker
When Sukanya became a mentor and workshop guest speaker with the CORE Program, she was looking to give back to the local community by sharing her perspective and guide others through their growth. “Mentoring to me has always been a two-way street in which both the mentee and mentor come out of the partnership expanding their horizons and their thinking… I have had the honor of a few mentors throughout my life. Each sharing their unique wisdom, their encouragement and support immensely helping me with furthering my growth. My partnerships with mentors have often developed organically with me being drawn to their passion, resilience, zeal and their innate capacity to listen and remain nonjudgmental.” Being able to share that with others was important to Sukanya.
The Ripple Effect + Intention
At Woman to Woman Mentoring, we often talk about the ripple effect and intention. Sukanya’s experience with her mentors is a great example of the ripple effect of mentorship. Sukanya had wonderful mentors and then she decided to give back by mentoring others. By becoming a mentor and working with her mentees she is applying intention through her actions and words that are rippling through and affecting change in her mentee and her mentee’s other relationships. How cool is that?
And that two-way street that she mentions above?
As a volunteer mentor, Sukanya is also reaping rewards like companionship, recognition by other mentees and mentors in the program, an expanded network, and even better health! A recent study published to the NIH website said that “…participation in voluntary services in the form of other-oriented volunteering resulted in an 8.54% increase in mental health, 9.08% in physical health, 7.35% in life satisfaction, and 11.11% in social well-being, as well as 4.30% decrease in depression, giving evidence that higher participation in voluntary services pertinent to other-oriented volunteering contributes to better health benefits cumulatively.” Of course, the purpose of becoming a mentor is to help others take action and move forward through guidance and support, but mentors enjoy the rewards of the mentoring relationship, too. In recognition of Sukanya, we wish Sukanya and all our mentors’ wellness and success. They certainly deserve it and so do you!