This is my first year as a mentor in the Circle Program. I learned about the program through my church and the timing was perfect. My youngest daughter is a senior this year and I was feeling like I had just lost the most rewarding job of my life….being a mom to three amazing girls. I was looking for a way to volunteer in the community and this seemed like a great fit.
The program did a super job of matching me with a bright, outgoing, and adventurous 11 year old. I have been able to learn about the things she is most passionate about and help her pursue them in more depth. She is helping to fill the void I feel now that my girls are grown. I find myself thinking of her often and how I can most effectively help her and her family. It is very rewarding knowing that I am making a difference in a child’s life. In addition I thoroughly enjoy the mentor meetings and have learned so much from the other more experienced mentors.
G. has become more open and confident. She and I volunteer regularly at the humane society and she shares her extensive knowledge of animals. She is learning about the importance of socializing the animals so they can be adopted. She is learning that school needs to be a priority in order to meet her goals of going to college and working with animals. I have been able to provide her with experiences and consistent opportunities that will help her learn more about the world.
The best part of being a mentor is developing a relationship, learning together,
and planting seeds of hope in a young person’s life.