Make A Difference
One day a woman was walking along the beach upon which hundreds of starfish had been washed up and now lay stranded on the sand. As she continued walking, she noticed a young girl in the distance, picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. She approached the girl, and asked, "What are you doing?" The girl replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. They need to be in the water, if I don't throw them back, they'll die." "My daughter," the woman said, "don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can't possibly make a difference!" After listening politely, the girl bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then she looked up, smiled at the woman, and said:
I made a difference to that one.
Tell me why...
Change a young person's life.
Stay hip and keep up with the times.
Help build a better and more stable society.
The life you end up changing could be your own.
Gain personal fulfillment.
Build self-esteem and motivation
Form a relationship of mutual trust, respect & friendship.
Serve as a positive role model and friend.
Approximately one half to one hour per week during school hours (flexible around your schedule)
Make at least a one school year commitment
Attend an initial one and one half hour training session
Attend advanced training sessions offered throughout the school year
Attend end of year ice cream social with your mentee at their school
Teachers, coaches, doctors, nurses, therapists, psychologists, dentists and physician assistants, entrepreneurs, bankers, financial planners and investors
Business owners, mechanics, lawyers, realtors, tree specialists, printers, restaurateurs and sail makers
Presidents, vice-presidents, CFOs and CEOs
Writers, editors, engineers, police officers and fire fighters
Musicians, artists, jewelry designers, chefs, travel consultants, event planners, yoga, cross-fit and spin instructors, and tennis pros
Some of our volunteers are now retired
In other words, there is no typical volunteer. It does not take a particular kind of person to be a mentor – just a kind person who can give special attention to a child.
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