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Take Stock in Children
October 21, 2009

I became a mentor in Take Stock in Children three years ago. I was looking for an opportunity to give back to the community and since I was a retired school teacher the TSIC program seemed like a logical fit. This program has a very strong impact in the lives of the youth it serves. Although the program does provide scholarship monies to those that successfully fulfill their contracts, this is secondary to the mentorship provided. The bond that develops between the mentors and the students is often one of the strongest of all the mentee's relationships. They know that regardless of what else is happening they have someone who is there to encourage, consul, listen to and empathize with them. Often their mentor is the one constant in their lives. Having someone to help them face and over come the challenges that life deals them can mean the difference between failure and success. I am proud to be a mentor in this much needed and successful program.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

As a teacher I found that one person can make a very big difference in the life of a child. I feel that the bond between my mentee and myself will last beyond her school years.I like to think that our time together has enriched her life as much as mine

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I usually meet with my student once a week. During this time we talk about what's going on in her life. If she has any personal issue we discuss ways to solve the problem. If she's having trouble with one of her classes I try to help her. If I'm not able.