“Mentor” on my spotlight tool is defined as a highly trusted advisor.
Really, that sort of open-endedness leads me into my spiral of deep thought en la madrugada when I can’t get back to sleep.
tl;dr: with respect to youth services in librarianship, is it mentorship, or is it pseudo-parental-figureship, or is it both? and will it always be this way with working with teens and children? more than anything, mentorship hinges on the emotional connection between people.
2nd warning: lots of soapbox below – over 1000 rambling words.