Beatrice and Connie’s Story:
When she was a freshman, one of Beatrice’s friends talked about her mentor so much that she decided to ask for one as well. She met Connie and developed a friendship. Now a junior, Beatrice says: “Connie brightens my day every time I see her. I look forward to meeting every week. Mentoring benefits me because I have someone I can trust and talk to about my feelings. We get to do life together and she gives me tips about what to do in different situations.” Sometimes they work on assignments, homework, and other important projects. This year Connie encouraged her in completing a scholarship that covered the cost of her driver’s education class, which helped her get her license, and then a job, so that she can help her family financially. Because of Connie, Beatrice thinks she is a more open and independent person than she used to be.
At Be The One, we understand the many unique challenges our youth face today. Through mentorship, students are connected with an adult that matches their interests and personality. For one hour a week students meet with their mentor at school in a safe and positive environment. Be The One removes the financial burden of the program from the school by raising community support to fund a full time Mentor Coordinator position who is an employee of the school. Be The One also helps by attracting mentors and training them to effectively connect with students.