Ben and his mentee have been together for a little over a year, and in that short time there has been tremendous growth. Before being referred to the Mentor Program, Ben’s mentee did not always get the support he needed to thrive in school and in life. From the moment they met, they both understood that they were being matched to help improve the mentee’s academics and life skills.
Ben continues to motivate his mentee to read (a huge feat as many of you know) and created fun games to develop study skills thereby improving his language arts & math skills tremendously. They even compete at chess now!
Furthermore, Ben has stayed by his mentee’s side during the transition from elementary to junior high, a time that brings up sensitive and important issues like drugs and alcohol. Ben isn’t scared to have open and upfront conversations about this because he understands the importance of talking early. Their relationship continues to grow stronger with every meeting. Ben, your mentee is fortunate to have such an amazing mentor, and we are grateful for all that you do.