Happy National Mentoring Month! This week we are highlighting the amazing businesses that partner with us to provide incredible mentors to our community. Meadors, an architecture, conservation, construction, design, preservation, cabinetry and millwork firm here in Charleston has 10 mentors currently mentoring at Chicora Elementary.
We talked with School Coordinator, Sarah MacDonald, about the relationship they have built with Meadors this year and this is what she had to say.
"To have Meadors come in and basically adopt the school was a huge relief. It's so great to know qualified people who are caring can have this type of relationship with us. They were also the ones who got the ball rolling with the wildly successful coat drive. They are so willing to use their community connections to help us in any and every way possible. The relief support from Meadors has been incredibly astounding. They are awesome people and are always eager to talk to us about larger projects they can take on. Honestly, I was surprised by their willingness to go ABOVE and BEYOND mentorship. I have been blown away by them approaching us first and not us having to reach out to ask for things. All of the teachers and staff have responded positively and have been thoroughly impressed. We can't do it by ourselves. We need the support from parents, the community, and lawmakers. Strengthening our relationship with community partners like Meadors shows our kids that people from all socioeconomic backgrounds care about them. It widens the scope of what we can achieve together. Our friends at Meadors understand that it only takes one solid relationship to heal trauma, and we are so grateful for them. "
Happy National Mentoring Month!
Stories have power. Personal stories provide points of connection and remind us of the power of relationships to break down otherness, find common ground, and elevate shared humanity. So, All month long we will be highlighting different mentor/mentee stories according to different themes! We are so excited to share the power and impact of mentoring and we hope you all continue to follow along.
Jerry Zucker mentor, Janice Burch, was asked how has her mentee enhanced her life so far
and this is what she had to say:
"I became a mentor because I wanted to connect with and support a young person in my community with a listening ear, a caring heart, and encouragement. I hope I've helped her in those ways, but I have to say that spending an hour of my time with N'Dea is one of the highlights of my week. Getting to see the world through her eyes makes me a better person and parent. The hope and resilience she maintains, even in tough times, inspires me."
If you are a mentor, how has your mentee enhanced your life?
If you've had a mentor, how has your life been enhanced?
Let us know in the comment section below, or tag us with your response on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!