After being suspended from middle school, Chris was encouraged to meet with a mentor. He admits he was pretty skeptical about the whole mentoring idea, but decided to try it. Now he and his mentor, Eddie, are in their fourth year together! Chris and Eddie have off-campus privileges and usually meet together at Woods on Saturdays. They’ve talked about many topics over the years, including politics. “I enjoy talking with him. It’s fun, and it gets me out of the house. We sometimes meet a lot longer than an hour.” During the inconsistency of remote school, meeting with Eddie provided a sense of continuity and something to look forward to each week. Chris wants to continue his mentorship off campus next year as well.
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.