Mentor Rachel stumbled upon the Circle Program in October of 2012 and was immediately hooked on the idea of participating in a program that focused on providing new opportunities for girls. She said, "I'm all about Girl Power! I remember spending a lot of time looking at the pictures of the girls at Circle Camp and they reminded me of all the great summers I spent at camp when I was a kid. After reading some of the testimonials from the girls and their mentors, I knew I wanted to be a part of Circle. I didn't expect to be paired up with anyone right away since it was the middle of the mentoring year, but shortly after meeting with Circle's Mentor Coordinator, Mary Joyce, she contacted me and told me she needed a mentor for a local girl. And so began my partnership with my Circle girl.
The two of us have done a lot of fun things together -- sometimes big and exciting adventures like going to see the Red Sox or riding the roller coasters at Canobie Lake -- and sometimes low-key projects like baking cookies and watching movies. We've participated in many group activities coordinated by the Circle Program including the Circle Trot, the NH Marathon water station, and the "Lights On!" program at Circle Camp where we helped wire the camp cabins for solar lighting. I will never forget the day we installed the light fixtures in the cabins. No matter what was asked of my Circle girl, she knew exactly what to do, and more times than I'd like to admit, she was at my side fixing whatever mistake I made. Not only did she remember just about everything from the prep classes we took, but frequently while fixing my mistakes said, "Remember what they told us in class??"
We've done some pretty great things together, but what stands out the most is how much I've enjoyed learning from her and watching her grow up and transform from a shy middle school student to a stunning, smart, talented and confident young adult. I'm not naive enough to think this is because of me, but I'd like to think I contributed in some small way. I am grateful for the opportunity to have a role in her life that I hope will help her grow into adulthood with some breadth of experience and knowledge of the world. I am blessed to have her in my life so I can see the world from a different perspective and to remind me what it's like to be a kid!