Justin enjoys hearing stories from his mentor, Herm, about what things were like when he was a kid growing up in Holland. They enjoy talking about any number of things and frequently play card games during their conversations. Time with Herm is important to Justin because he has someone to talk to regularly, and he feels comfortable knowing that he won’t be misjudged or misunderstood. He’s learned a lot from his conversations with Herm. “I’m more open-minded since I met him. I talk about philosophical views more, and I can understand others’ differences better. I ABSOLUTELY want to keep him as my mentor next year.”
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.