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These kids inspire me

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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Every day a steady stream of students file into the “I Have a Dream” office at Charlottesville High School.   They come during lunch, free periods, and afterschool to get homework help, work on college applications, or just relax and interact with the other Dreamers. 

This semester my main goal has been to help them apply to college, but I have gained so much more than I thought possible in just four short months ago.  The diverse set of personalities and experiences they bring forward every time we meet continue to inspire me.

 One Dreamer, Trevail, always makes me laugh as he recites song lyrics and tells stories about his life, usually while working on Trigonometry homework. It’s been amazing seeing him grow as a student and person during my time working with “I Have a Dream.” I can’t wait to continue working with him in the new year!

 Guest post by:  Joanna Ferguson, Intern,  “I Have a Dream” Foundation

 

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