Tracy and Lissa’s Story:
Currently a sophomore, Tracy met Lissa back in middle school when she was hoping for someone to talk to “who would listen and not get mad about everything.” Life has been challenging lately, and this year has been especially difficult for Tracy with the pandemic. She has had conflicts with peers, family struggles, and felt completely isolated during remote school. Throughout this time, Lissa wrote her letters until they could meet in person again. Having so much time away from school made Tracy increasingly anxious about returning to school, and she really didn’t want to come back at all. Knowing that she could see Lissa in person helped get her back to campus, and she looks forward to their time together. “She’s a good friend to me; a good listener when I am talking through things.
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.