The below post is my reflection based on an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, titled Seven Habits of Highly Effective Mentors

I found this article on effective mentorship quite interesting as there are many parallels between being a mentor and the AASD approach to working with community members. It is important in any relationship with a complex power dynamic to stay grounded through humility. At the end of the day we all have an opportunity to learn and benefit from somebody within a relationship, regardless of a disparity in level of experience, education or accomplishment. Often times when a power separation does exist within a relationship one with less power may be hesitant to push the boundaries of what he or she could offer versus receive. This article infers that under these circumstances it is the responsibility of the person with more power (the mentor) to encourage a more symbiotic relationship. I think that is a valuable lesson that any individual can take into the world of social change, education or any field that is driven by relationships. ~Adam

Sixto helps manage and maintain the Choquecancha primary school greenhouse. Ruben took this photo of Sixto in action, harvesting some giant cauliflower last week. His enthusiasm and hard work keeps the students involved. He works above and beyond to make sure the greenhouse looks good all the time too. We value the enthusiasm of community members such as Sixto who take pride in ensuring the continued success of the school greenhouse projects. Next year, we hope to work closer with Sixto, giving him even more tools for innovating and advancing the school greenhouse project alongside the students of Choquecancha.