To me, mentoring is exposing your mentee to places and things that they might not have had without you. It is not necessarily spending a lot of money. I recall working with a mentee a few years ago – once we spent the day on UVa campus – excuse me, grounds. We went to the library and had lunch in Newcomb Hall. He was so excited and still talks about it. He could throw a rock from his house to the grounds, but to him it was a thousand miles away. It cost $8.72. We often spend Saturdays at my house watching UVa struggle against Duke and Tech. He sees me working on my “honey do” list. You know- just stuff that guys do.
I know that mentoring make a difference. I have witnessed it. Our community would look a lot different if not for the many mentors we have.
Posted by guest blogger, Juan Wade.
This blog is part of a Blog Marathon aimed to bring awareness to our community of the current needs for mentors and tutors. Visit www.cvillevolunteer.org to learn about how YOU can make a difference in the life of a child. Stop by the Omni on March 30 between 3:00-6:00 to meet representatives from all of the programs who are looking for more like you to be a mentor or a tutor. Email
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