Meet Mariia

Meet Mariia Tyshchenko
Ukrainian mentor

Name: Mariia Tyshchenko

Country: Ukraine

How long have you been mentor and how did you learn about ICLD?
6 years

Areas of Experience?

Expert in social cohesion and integration GESI and diversity issues into social-economic activities.

Why did you become mentor?

I became a mentor because I believe in the transformative power of education and guidance to bring about positive change in the world. Through mentoring, I can share my knowledge and experiences to help others navigate challenges, achieve their goals, and ultimately contribute to a more peaceful and harmonious society. I truly believe that by working together and supporting one another, we can make a tangible difference and create a more peaceful world for future generations

Why do you like to mentor?

Mentoring allows me to shape the future by guiding and supporting individuals in their personal and professional growth. I find fulfillment in seeing others succeed and knowing that I have played a positive role in their journey. Additionally, mentoring keeps me connected with diverse perspectives and challenges, helping me stay humble and continuously learning. Ultimately, I believe that mentoring is a powerful tool for creating positive change in the world.

What are the success factors for building dynamic, inclusive, and professional mentoring culture?

The mentor must help mentees develop coping mechanisms, resilience, and positive emotional strategies, including stress management, self-care, and communication skills. Collaborating with mentees’ families and support systems is crucial to ensure a robust resource network. The mentor should address any feelings of hopelessness and help mentees stay motivated and goal-focused despite challenges. Providing a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental space is essential. The most challenging aspect is supporting mentees through the emotional and psychological impacts of the war, requiring high emotional intelligence, empathy, and patience to guide them effectively.

What is the most challenging thing while being a mentor?

As a result of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, ongoing since 2014, the most challenging aspect of being a mentor in this situation is addressing the emotional and psychological impact of the ongoing war on individuals. It is crucial for the mentor to be empathetic, understanding, and patient to effectively support and guide their mentees through such difficult times.

What is your passion in life?

My passion in life is bonistique—researching and analyzing historical paper money and documents related to the economic and political situations of societies. I’m fascinated by how past events shape current societal structures. This drives me to seek new information and deepen my historical understanding. It’s a fulfilling and intellectually stimulating pursuit that enhances our understanding of the world.