For me, mentoring has been one of the most effective means for growth in certain areas of my life. Beyond strengthening skills and knowledge, as one does in an internship, mentoring focuses on the individual and how they can apply their skills and knowledge and passions to make a meaningful investment in a project. Mentoring has made me aware of what I have to offer (qualities, gifts, abilities), but also where I have room to grow, how I might be better equipped, and where I need the support of others.