During the month of January, we are appreciating and honoring our mentors for their dedication and commitment to our scholars! This national recognition campaign was launched in 2002 (by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and The National Mentoring Partnership (NMP)) to promote and celebrate youth mentoring. According to the NMP, research confirms that quality-mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of situations both personally and academically. As you know, mentor, BCS believes in the power of mentoring and wants to ensure that our young people receive the personal support and resources they need to succeed in college and beyond.
We want to celebrate YOU this month and say THANK YOU!
For those of you who would like to learn more about this wonderful opportunity to be a powerful and effective part of a young person’s life, please fill out the Mentor Interest form. We invite you to also join us for one of our upcoming Mentor Informationals to learn more about our program.
We asked BCS scholars to share how their mentors have impacted their lives. We got many heartwarming responses. Here are a few.
Dear Francesca,With love,
Thank you for being such a lovely mentor over the past three years. One of the many things I appreciate about you is your compassion toward the people around you. Not only have you supported me through rough times, I have witnessed you be there for others. This is something I truly admire about you. You have taught me the importance of putting yourself first and have shown me that there is nothing wrong with doing that. Thank you for being dedicated to our relationship and supporting me in all that I do. I am so happy I met you and I look forward to many more years with you in my life!
First and foremost, I would like to start off by saying how lucky I am to have been paired with my mentor Lucia. My communication with my mentor Lucia has been great, when I was back at SSU we would facetime on a few Fridays each month. During our facetime calls, I would let Lucia know how my classes were going and if I was struggling with a class, I would let her know my studying plan, and she would give me tips on how to improve my situation. Not only did Lucia provide academic support to me, but she also provided emotional support throughout my adaptation into college life. Furthermore, I appreciate Lucia for always being here to support and always asking me if I need help with anything. Moreover, I have also enjoyed meeting up with Lucia, as I have been able to try out new foods at different restaurants with her, catch up, and receive mentoring from her. A highlight with my mentor Lucia was getting to visit her job office, and getting to meet her coworkers. Through this experience, I was able to see what Lucia’s day to day job is like and learn more about what her coworkers do as well.
Chimere and I understand each other’s schedule. She understands that Xavier keeps me busy so she will ask if I’m available to talk. I personally prefer texting or facetime so we communicate in those ways. I usually start by asking her about her day and then the conversation just takes off. I would say that our relationship is great and I definitely believe that Chimere gets me. She understands what I’m studying and what an experience at an HBCU is like. HBCUs are painted to look less challenging when they are the exact opposite. I appreciate Chimere for all that she has done for me and I couldn’t ask for a better mentor.