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Beyond the Fog - Get a Mentor

Over and over again, as I navigate my circles of peers and friends my age, it amazes me how often I've heard the phrases:

"I don't have a mentor."

"How do you get a mentor?"

I find it paralyzing and sad. 

We all have moments of fog where we feel we have no direction and horizon as to where we are, where we are going, and how we get there. Could our pride or lack of access be overlooking the possibility and potential of having and getting mentors?

Good news, plenty of willing people want to help.

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Henry Cross grew up in sunny Miami, Florida. Upon graduating high school, he moved to the politicized Washington, D.C. and double majored in History and Politics at the Catholic University. He served as a social studies teacher in Prince George’s County Public School in 2008-2009. In the fall of 2009, he moved to New York City to continue and grow his work in education and service.

He joined Hosh Yoga in 2011 as a teacher and Program Director. And since 2013, he founded and expanded programming for the organization with Hosh Kids and Hosh Seniors. Henry's entrepreneurial spirit helped developed the organizational, program, and financial capacity of the nonprofit to deliver self-sustaining and self-supporting health and wellness services to over 3,000 children, adults, and seniors every month in a cost-effective and fairly-priced way. And from 2014 to 2016, he participated in a philanthropic role by expanding the programming, policy, and public advocacy efforts of the Sonima Foundation as Community Relations Director.

His work has been featured by the Huffington PostElephant JournalBlog Talk RadioThe NYC Social Innovation FestivalSocial Venture Institute, and multiple Brooklyn and Queens newspapers. He is an appointed New York City official of Community Board 5 in Queens, serves on a Department of Youth and Community Development Neighborhood Advisory Board, and on the board of directors of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. And in 2015, Henry was selected as an etsy.org business fellow and awarded Top 40 Under 40 Nonprofit Rising Star. He finds joy in his community work service everyday and loves ballroom dancing!

Shred the Dread

This month’s reality check is all about how to shred The Dread. I’m talking about that sickening, sinking feeling when you are confronted with something you don’t understand and have to learn. First there is the fear factor, the “I don’t think I can do this” that flashes without conscious thought. Then, there is the sense of overwhelm, the “This is too much to learn, I don’t want to do this” that grabs you by the throat and throttles you.

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Lorraine LoBianco started writing as soon as she could hold a pencil. She is the co-editor of the British Film Institute-nominated “Letters – Jean Renoir” and has written hundreds of articles and blogs for Turner Classic Movies. She has worked in television for over 15 years and is very proud to be part of the evox staff.

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WOman mentor looking over and advising young man.
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