Our Stories

Our mentors often share those little moments that mean a lot. In the early days of the program, we would sit around in a circle and share stories and experiences - a wonderful connection between mentors and a time to learn from each other.  As we have grown to over 150 mentors in seven schools, we share these stories periodically via email.

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"My mentor taught me that worries are only in my head and that they won't be as significant the next day or even in a few years. If I had never joined the mentoring program, I would not have this lesson to guide me through my years, or have the gratitude towards all mentors, who dedicate their time to make an impact on kids' lives."
-Graduating Senior

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"I was walking in the hallway with my mentee and a group of peers when one of them asked him who I was. He answered, 'She's my mentor.' The other student then asked, 'What's a mentor?' and his reply was, 'She's my friend who I tell things to."
-Elementary School Mentor

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"My mentor has given me the strength to achieve what seems just out of reach. He has sacrificed a significant portion of his time to help me to be more independent and has motivated me to expand my horizons beyond anything I could have dreamed of.

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"Thanks so much for encouraging me to mentor. Having a ball with this little guy and it feels great. I really love spending time with him." 
-Baldwin Middle School Mentor

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"I have spent four years in mentoring; this program has helped me become the person I am today. I got into college because of this program. I learned basic life skills like love and happiness. I hope I can help others in life and get them through the tough stuff like mentoring did for me."
-2020 Graduating Senior

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"As a freshman everything is so fresh, new and definitely scary. I was so nervous being in this new school with all these older kids. I was very nervous when a woman approached me and told me I would benefit from getting into the mentoring program. Little did I know this woman would change the way I look at life and help me be a better person. She was there for me and I honestly don't know where I would be today if I hadn't met her."
-2020 Graduating Senior

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"Mentoring has opened my eyes to the entire world and has allowed me to understand that I don't have to fight this alone and even isolate myself from family and friends due to my overpowering emotions."

-Graduating Senior