“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.

Mentoring Works

Just one hour a week can help a child find their path to success.

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
AmeriCorps VISTA
804-553-3211
amchaney@sjvmail.net

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