“I have someone to talk to, get advice from, just listen to me. Supported me when I made decisions to try new things,” says mentee Daniel Morren, matched with Tom Cameron in February of 2012 after both expressed interest in photography. Tom, a photographer, was looking for volunteer opportunities and upon meeting a fellow photographer through Mentor Advantage Program at Community Youth Concepts in Des Moines, decided “that it would be great to learn together.” His open heart and mind provided a perfect foundation for a lasting friendship.
As a foster child living with a new family who.. Read More
by Mariah Himes
When Enrique signed up to be a mentor through the Job Foundation, he didn’t know that he would learn as much from his mentee as the boy would from him. Brandon was signed up to have a mentor as he took financial literacy courses through the Foundation with other kids struggling to grow up in poverty. Through this organization, middle and upper-class adults mentor young, at-risk youth in their community.
From the beginning, Enrique was impressed by Brandon’s commitment to learning: “Brandon is such a sharp and quick learner! The Job Foundation seeks to encourage.. Read More
By Michelle Jones
Sarah Lawrence knows about the pain of divorce. When she was a little girl, her parents separated. As a child, she longed to have a caring adult in her life to help her through that difficult time. It is her desire to provide this support for someone else that encouraged her to become a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa in Des Moines.
Sarah was matched with her little sister Aujenae Moore in 2006 during the finalization of Aujenae’s parent’s divorce. Their relationship has lasted 9 years. Throughout their relationship, Sarah was a.. Read More
By Michelle Jones
Sloane Morrow knows what it is like to be in poverty. Growing up in a single-parent household, Sloane had to overcome many obstacles in her life. But she also knows about the importance of having hope, and of sharing that hope with young people who are in similar situations. Her desire to share hope with others is why she became a mentor with Teammates of Storm Lake.
Sloane was matched with Marlan Garcia 4 years ago through BV Buddies, a collaboration between Teammates of Storm Lake and Buena Vista University. Before connecting with.. Read More