The key to successful leadership today is INFLUENCE not authority-Ken Blanchard 

Who do you influence? Is there someone in your life that is looking up to you? Maybe a son or daughter, a niece or nephew, maybe you’re a teacher, employer, a nurse, or a wife or husband. We all have subtle daily influences on the people around us-but on occasion we have the potential to affect someone in a much more significant way.

Influencing someone can be as simple as playing a board game with them. Or showing up when you said you would. At Power Up, Speak Out! we believe that we all have the ability to affect each other’s lives and it’s up to us to choose whether those lasting affects will be positive or negative. 

We believe that in a healthy relationship: I treat others well. We say, I treat others well, because I is who I can control. 

One way Power Up, Speak Out! chooses to positively influence our community is through the Youth Mentoring Program. These adult mentors meet weekly one-on-one with a student to eat lunch, play games, talk, listen, show up and be themselves! Through these positive interactions students learn what they deserve in relationship: they get to be themselves, be treated well, say no freely, and have fun!

Here is how one of our mentors, Beth Nordstrom, chooses to influence her community: 

How long have you been a mentor? 1 year 

What made you want to be a mentor? I wanted to give back to the community and connect with young adults now that my own kids are grown.

If you had a mentor when you were in middle school, what might that have done for you? It could have helped me through my parent’s divorce and would have been a friendly face.

What are the most interesting things you and your mentee talk about? Our pets!

What’s your favorite part of mentoring? Playing games and laughing.

Why would you recommend someone else become a mentor? It’s a great way to bring positive energy into daily life.

What kinds of peer relationship issues do you see when you visit the school (not only with your mentee but with the other students you observe? Segregation, trying to fit in, and attention getting. 

How do you think we can help the students learn what healthy peer relationships should look like? Through modeling, sharing stories, showing up and being present.

Thank you, Beth, for modeling healthy relationships in the school each week!

If you are feeling inspired by Beth and want to help support our students and teach what healthy relationships look like, consider joining a youth mentoring program in your area!

If you live in the Red Lodge area and are interested in mentoring please contact Kelsi at