Update on the John Barker Mentoring Project

In December I announced The John Barker Mentoring Project: “I am committing to mentor young people who live in the south-central Virginia area.”

I have three mentees with whom I meet online or in-person (hence the south-central Virginia requirement) about every two weeks. They’re at different places in their lives and careers, from just getting started to years of experience. They’re younger than me but – let’s face it – at my age it’s pretty easy to be younger than me. When we meet, I listen and share. I share things like reading recommendations; blogs, articles, and books.

The exchange is mutual. I share my perspective informed by experience and I gain from their perspective and experience. I confess I didn’t anticipate how much I’d learn from them; it’s been a pleasant and valuable surprise.

You don’t need to be 60 years old to share your experience with others. You need to be willing to help. If you’re willing, you will find a way. I’m not writing this to poke you in the eye; I’m writing it to nudge you. Perhaps you, and your mentees, will enjoy the benefits I am enjoying.

Peace. :{>

Andy Leonard


Christian, husband, dad, grandpa, Data Philosopher, Data Engineer, Azure Data Factory, SSIS guy, and farmer. I was cloud before cloud was cool. :{>


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.