“You’re such a good friend,” Tempe told her MVLF mentor, Sylvia, as Sylvia readied to leave the school.
Sylvia, an MVLF mentor since 2018, loves playing games with Tempe, or "Temp" as Sylvia calls her. Over the past two years, Sylvia has invested in Tempe's story with each hour of Uno and each book they read, and Sylvia loves it.
“Mentoring gives me an opportunity to positively influence a young life by planting seeds to develop the fruits of the spirit of love, joy, patience, goodness, peace, faithfulness, kindness, and self-control.”
Tempe loves it, too. During the past school year, Tempe enjoyed reading "What Do You Stand For?" with Sylvia. Reading a book on character development gave Tempe some helpful things to consider as she navigates school, friendships, and family. And Sylvia enjoys being there to support her through it.
Whether through in-person meetings at school or e-mentoring calls, Tempe enjoyed Sylvia’s constant encouragement, and vice versa. Not wanting to lose her friend, Tempe asked Sylvia during their first e-mentoring call if she would mentor her next year. Sylvia excitingly shared with Tempe and Tempe's mom that she'll continue mentoring her through the forthcoming school years.
Mentoring relationships like these change the lives. Mentors help mentees cultivate new trajectories for their stories, which is why MVLF is committed to helping caring adults invest in the lives of local youth. We want to see the next generation become the leaders of tomorrow, but they need to know today that they can.
“If just 25% of adults would mentor a child, just think how much better society today and future generations will be!” We couldn’t agree more, Sylvia. Thank you for all you do!
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