“It takes a village to raise a child.” I have come to recognize the truth in this statement through my position of Mentor Program Coordinator at St. Joseph’s Villa. Growing up I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by individuals who contributed to my successes and stood by me through my struggles. It was thanks to them that I decided to mentor a child throughout my college career. Little did I know how huge of an impact my few hours a month over the span of four years could have on my mentee’s life.
Late one night I received a phone call from my mentee that resulted in a tearful conversation. His mother had passed away. This was my toughest moment in my tenure as a mentor, but it also led me to realize that our relationship was strong enough for him to feel like he could reach out to me during a time of despair. I saw how a caring adult can greatly benefit a child in need.
You can make a huge difference by serving as a mentor for a child. January is National Mentoring Month. What better way to start off the New Year by choosing to dedicate your time to show a child that you believe in them and in want to walk beside them and care for them?
Ashley McHaney, Mentor Program Coordinator for St. Joseph’s Villa
Virginia Mentoring Partnership