Mentoring Human Potential is a cutting edge manual for creating dynamic, holistic student peer mentoring programs. This is a revolutionary book. While giving practical information about how to train mentors and supervise a mentoring program, Scott Seldin asserts that spirit, personally defined, is an ally in waiting for every student-a powerful resource for academic achievement. Therein lies the revolution. Mentoring Human Potential provides the reader with a field-tested way to use holistic peer mentoring and spirit as powerful resources for increasing student retention, persistence, and wellbeing.


"Scott Seldin will lead you toward the ways that mentor and mentee can open themselves to being moved by Spirit. He will courageously point the way to the greater mysteries that bless those who dare enter with an open heart. In Spirit, we find the soulful life and the path worth living and dying for. I encourage you to trust his guiding voice"


Dr. Bradford Keeney, author, psychologist

Scott Seldin's career in education spans two decades as an innovative college teacher at Baruch College, City University of New York; a retention specialist for College of Santa Fe, a published writer, program manager/trainer for student peer mentoring programs; and academic/personal development coach.  His portrait photography has been exhibited in New York City, Santa Fe, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Copyright    2011 by Scott Seldin




Book Review by DeeAnn Vonde from the Online Magazine Peer Bulletin No. 212


Who better to write a book about mentoring than someone who is delivering a successful program? Who better to write a book about a mentoring program designed for university students than Scott Seldin?


From the size of the book, to the font, to the arrangement of the information, to the examples of conversations, this book has it all. Scott even includes the budget that is needed for the program to be delivered. I especially like the idea of paying the mentors who deliver this program in a university setting.


Seldin does an excellent job of introducing the role of "Spirit" and the impact it can have on one's life. Spirit is described as being a very personal relationship with a higher power. Whether "Spirit", a source of strength, speaks to a person while they are sitting quietly by a fountain or attending a place of worship, or somewhere else, it's "Spirit" that gives one a renewed sense of enthusiasm and reaffirms in each of us the idea, "I can do this. I can get through this. Things are going to be better." Seldin sees "Spirit" as developing protective factors in both the mentor and the mentee. These protective factors would include, "caring relationships, problem solving skills, sharpened learning and study strategies, self-advocacy, and self-management." p.4


Seldin includes a proposal for a student peer mentoring program for students on academic probation, p. 16, sample advertisements for mentors, the mentor workshop training with select activities, and examples of conversations between mentors and mentees.


The ideas in this book will certainly meet the needs of anyone considering the delivery of a mentoring program in a university setting. For those of us who are delivering mentoring programs in high schools it provides examples of strategies that we can incorporate into our ongoing programs and trainings. You can feel the authenticity, the genuineness of the author in the way the ideas are presented in this readable, practical book.




Renowned writer Ann Beattie:


Mentoring Human Potential by Scott Seldin is an unbelievably wonderful, generous, inspiring book. I haven't been so interested in a book in a really long time.




Amazon Reviews:


The Missing Ingredient in All Successful Mentoring!, December 23, 2011

By Sturdy Reader (New York, New York United States) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Mentoring Human Potential: Student Peer Mentors as Catalysts for Academic Success (Paperback)


Scott Seldin identifies the "missing" (but always present) ingredient in all effective helping relationships--spirit! For Seldin, spirit exists in any number of contexts and belief systems, not just religious. Spirit can be secular; you don't even need to believe in "a god." All you need to do is acknowledge the life force and energy that can exist between people and the "human potential" that each of us has. In this case, spirit gets accessed in order to create healthy and productive mentoring relationships on a college campus. Seldin shows how to set the kind of healthy boundaries between mentor and mentee, mentoring and mental health counseling and mentoring and academic guidance that ensure that mentoring remains, in his words, both "honest and positive." He also captures what he calls the non-dualistic, anti-hierarchical approach of true peer mentoring, in which one person lends his/her self-belief, energy, organizational skills to another person until that person is able to access and develop his/her own self belief, energy and skills (again, not counseling, but within the context of an academic mentoring relationship). His story of a college mentor with a broken heart who starts skipping classes and must be mentored himself moved me to tears.


Finally, I find it refreshing that the word and reality of spirit has been both liberated from its strictly religious context and made use of in a way that encourages critical thinking, unconditional acceptance ("starting where the mentee is") and true compassion as essential and pragmatic tools for helping people learn and realize their potential. This wonderful guide to mentoring college students can--and should--be applied to many life and work situations, e.g., parenting, counseling, casework, etc. Give it a read and be heartened!




Beautifully composed and practical, January 4, 2012

By Lenie - See all my reviews

This review is from:This review is from: Mentoring Human Potential: Student Peer Mentors as Catalysts for Academic Success (Paperback)


"Every now and then there's a book that comes along that makes educators and counselors rethink the way we're doing things. For me, Seldin's book has that power. Its authentic voice comes from the vast experience of the author. He presents a peer mentoring approach that begins with a discussion of what a human being should internally access before finding the needed resilience to face challenge. Seldin names this internal thing "spirit" without any religious connotation intended. The goal is for each mentee to define that term in a personal way. The beauty of this book is the discussion of such things in the context of an extremely practical guide. Seldin writes with great skill and efficiency. The strength of his message caused me to rethink how I mentor."


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