Through the Eyes of MentorsWhat Mentors Say
The Mentoring Experience Through the Eyes of Volunteer Adult Mentors
What do mentors say about the mentoring journey? Acknowledging every program is different, it remains encouraging to read of other people’s positive experiences, remembering that, initially, there were two strangers meeting. Some comments that promote the spirit of mentoring:
I was blessed to have been born with a wonderful role model in my life, my mother, Valerie. She’s the most unselfish person I know and a big source of inspiration for me. She’ll sometimes give jobs to ex-drug dealers or guys who have just had really bad breaks. She gave this one sketchy guy a job cutting the lawn. I was freaking out about it, but realised that where I see this hardened criminal who could snap your neck and run amok, she sees somebody’s son.
Justin and I have quickly become good friends, and we usually see each other several times each month. He and I enjoy all kinds of different activities from attending professional sporting events to working in the yard and sometimes just going to get a haircut or eating dinner and talking. Justin is a great kid who comes from a good family, and he always makes me laugh. He has already shown major improvement in school, and I know Justin has a bright future ahead of him! The first time I met him, Justin looked up at me with his big brown eyes, and I saw myself when I was about his age. Wow! It was definitely a magical moment.
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