Friday, July 9, 2010

June's Mentor of the Month

Kathy Benner

Kathy has been a mentor for the past two years. She has been a tremendous influence in her mentee's life. She consistently encourages her to be confident in herself and has helped her develop both her self-esteem and organizational skills. Her mentee states that "life is more fun," and that Kathy has taught her to "be more organized." Kathy makes sure that they work on homework together twice a week during the school year, as she wants to stress the importance of an education. Beyond the academics, they have shared many experiences, from cooking to gardening, swimming to bowling; she even took Jeni on her first train ride! They have also brainstormed how to help support the Mentor Program :) Additionally, they have & continue to collaborate with other mentors and mentees to do group activities! 

Through all that they have done, Kathy and her mentee have grown into quite the pair. Her mentee even inspired Kathy to teach in the special education program at the local high school so that she could further reach out to kids who need an extra hand. Still, Kathy devotes on average, over 20 hours a month to her mentee. Kathy consistently has a positive attitude and shares her smile with all those around her. She is full of life and wonder, and we are honored to acknowledge her! Thank you so much Kathy for doing what you do, and for sharing your heart with such a deserving young girl.

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