There are more than 1,100 volunteer mentors supporting students within 11 public school districts through Lutheran Social Services’ In-School Mentoring program, and they all have something in common. They all answered the question “Why do you want to become a mentor?” on the volunteer application form. While all mentors answer the question, one new mentor’s response reminds us of the true impact these adult role models have on their student.
“I want to help a young Native American girl with having a role model. When I was a child, I was in highly unfavorable situations. I had nobody to look up to until I had a mentor where I would look forward to the day they would visit with me. I want to bring joy, excitement, opportunity and hope to a child’s life when they need it, because I was in the same situation. Reflecting how helpful having a mentor was to keep me on the right path inspires me to help keep other struggling children on the right path too.”
In-School Mentors support elementary and middle school students, dedicating an hour each week to eating lunch together, reading a good book, playing board games, or just catching up. Your support of Sioux Empire United Way ensures this valuable program remains possible for students across the region.