Letter: What a Mentor Means to a Child

To the Editor:

Sarah had a really tough day at school; her mom was working late, and she really needed someone to talk to. Her friends had sports after school, something she hadn’t signed up for. Fortunately, that was the day her mentor, Ann, from Windsor County Partners, was picking her up from school to go apple picking. It was a quiet ride to the orchard, but once there, Sarah began sharing about her day. It was easier to talk with the distraction of picking apples, not to mention being outside on a beautiful day. By the time she went home, Sarah was feeling much better, even ready to do her homework, not her favorite activity. And what had Ann done? Mostly she had just been there for Sarah and listened.

What a difference her mentor made that day and on many others as well! Over the six months they had been together, Sarah’s grades had improved, she had gained self-confidence and the courage to speak up in class, and had made new friends. Maybe next spring she will even give sports a try.

I made this story up, but real stories shared by adult mentors who have participated in this nearly 40-year-old mentoring program sound very similar. Having a mentor truly makes a difference in the lives of many young people. That adult mentor could be you. Please consider all you have to offer with your interests and life experiences. There is a special child or teen on our waiting list hoping for a match with a caring adult.

We hope you will contact us at 802-674-5105 or visit our website www.WCPartners.org for more information and to learn how you can make a difference.

Megan Culp

Board member and mentor

Windsor County Partners

White River Junction