Written by Mentoring Program Chair, Heather Moss
This school year I co-led a girls mentoring program at Cotswold Elementary. It’s simple, we recruit women in the community to invest one hour a week in a student who needs a little extra attention. All year I wondered if this hour a week would make a difference. Does mentoring matter? Yesterday my question was answered. We had our appreciation lunch and the clear bonds that had been formed between these young girls and their mentors was evident in the hugs and smiles and familiarity. Then we all had a chance to speak about our mentee or mentor, and the joy flowed through our tears and in that moment I knew I was a part of something big and magical and special and that indeed mattered. And it wasn’t just the student that had been impacted, but rather the lives of every girl and woman in that room. Because when we actually spend time with someone different from us and invest in their lives, a connection is created and the things that separate us become beautiful areas for growth instead of spaces to build walls, and in the end we all become better.
Thank you to all of the families and friends who have supported the many Mentors and Mentees over the last couple years!