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"They keep me on my toes."

January is National Mentoring Month.

All month long we are featuring guest posts from many of our local nonprofits that work with youth and need volunteers to become mentors and tutors. On January 26, 2012, the United Way Volunteer Center invites you to our annual Mentor and Tutor Opportunity Fair from 11:00 - 2:00 at the Omni Hotel. There you will be able to meet in person with representatives from 17 local organizations and fit the right fit for you as a mentor or tutor.

Mentor. Tutor. Pass it on!

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Working with the Dreamers in the “I Have a Dream” Foundation is the highlight of my week! The Dreamers are enthusiastic and  cheerful, and they always keep me on my toes.  Helping them be successful is a task any individual who loves working with teenagers would love.

 My time so far with them has been uplifting. I enjoy helping them complete their homework in addition to their college applications. As I’ve worked with them, I’ve gotten to know them and developed meaningful relationship with them.

Through this process, I’ve actually learned quite a bit myself. I have learned how to slow down and focus in on the little things. As high school students, they pay attention to the details and notice things that I do not always see. In addition, helping them with their work allows me to learn things I never learned in either High School or college!

Being with this group of young adults is an experience that I will never forget.  Years from now I will look back on this experience, grateful for all the things I have learned from them and the experience of making a difference in their lives!

 Guest Post by: Stephanie McKnight, Intern, “I Have a Dream” Foundation

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