Protégé facts for kids
A protégé is literally a "protected one". It is used of a younger person being being developed under the guidance of an experienced older person. It is a French term.
The younger person might be seen as an apprentice, and the older person as a mentor. If it is a physical activity, such as sport or dance, then the formal term might be 'trainer'. However, the term is not formal or official. It is just a way of describing a relationship. Psychosocial support and career guidance come into it, but usually not money.
So the relationship is informal, but often important for the protégé.
Images for kids
William Blake's watercolor of "Age teaching youth", a Romantic representation of mentorship. Blake represented this type of relationship in many of his works, including the illustrations of his Songs of Innocence. The original object is currently held by Tate Britain.
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