Being a mentor has been one of the most rewarding programs I’ve ever participated in. Gaining trust, sharing new and familiar experiences, working through life’s challenges and frequent talks often about nothing have not only shown to make a positive difference in my Circle Girl, it has enriched my life beyond anything I could have imagined. I have watched my girl’s confidence increase as her world gets bigger. She is growing from a Circle Girl into a Circle Teen with enthusiasm. Throughout this experience, the Circle Program Staff has consistently been wonderful. They continue to be caring and supportive creating programs for both mentors and girls separately and together. This is such a wonderful program and I’m so very happy to be a part of it.
I don’t have kids of my own and for a while I felt like that choice had cheated me out of the experiences I would have loved to share with a child. Mentoring through Circle Program has given me that opportunity, as well as the opportunity to share my experiences with a young individual and revisit the issues, both good and bad, of growing up. Whether it’s helping her get through tough times, watching her master a new skill, or just doing something fun together that we haven’t done before, every visit with Sara is a joy and a true privilege. I feel like I won the jackpot by being connected with her.
I was introduced to Circle Program when I was nine years old. It gave me a place to be myself, while making new friends and developing new skills and showed me how powerful I could be as a woman in society. It was a fun, safe, and friendly environment, with challenges and obstacles along the way that made me stronger. I am still connected with some of my friends from camp, and will never forget the counselors I had.
Now that I am grown, I have returned to camp, this time as a counselor, to pay forward the gift I was given by attending Circle Program. Knowing how much I loved it when I was younger, and how much it helped me grow into the strong woman I am today, makes it incredibly rewarding to know that I am helping other girls to feel and do the same.
—Circle Alumni & Camp Counselor