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"It’s like I spent the first part of my career toiling away in the 'minor leagues' and now have a chance to make a huge difference in the world."

Tom Pollak

Washington, DC

"As the child of a single mom, I couldn't afford to pay for lunch at school. Now, as a mentor, I wanted to do something to help."

Kenny Thompson

Spring Branch, TX

"I play a tiny part in ensuring the next generation has a healthy foundation and a greater chance for success."

K. Marie Tyler

Hillsboro, Oregon

"I do fundraising, hugging and some scolding. I respect and appreciate the young people deeply."

Constance Caruso

Los Angeles, CA

"I'm committed to working with students who may be the first in their family to go to college."
-- Doretta, Strive for College Mentor

Doretta McGinnis

Gladwyne, PA

" I believe in the importance of play in the development of our youth."

Richard Johnstin

West Somerville, MA

"I was matched with my Little Sister when she was 8. Today she's 30 and we're still friends."
-- Bettylou, Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor

Bettylou Steadman

San Dimas, CA

"I became more of an advocate for people with disabilities, particularly the children who are bullied."

Wiley Huff

Miami Shores, FL

"In midlife, I realized I wanted to help society in another way, working with young people."

Monica Granados

Culver City, CA

"Often, young black men are marginalized and demonized. I want to reimagine them as entrepreneurs."

Henry Rock II

Charlotte, NC

"Through Strive, I mentored students online from three different states: California, Florida and Iowa."
-- Van, Strive Mentor

Van Dang

Saratoga, CA

"I promise to be a caring adult in my students' lives, no matter what."

William Lah

Hibbing, MN

"The youth call it a temple, a safe haven, because it's so much more than a gym."

Harry E. Cummins III

Toledo, OH

"I chose Bea as my mentor because she has more experience. She's like an encyclopedia!"
-- Eugen, Strive for College Mentee

Bea Hartman & Eugen Cotei

El Territo, CA

"It's no secret that young men like Demetrius from single parent homes need more adults in their lives."
-- Rob, via MENTOR

Rob Talley & Demetrius Peoples

Hanover, MD

"I look forward each week to coaching her on ways to develop her potential."
-- Beth, Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor

Beth Osborne

Reno, NV

"To me, mentoring doesn't feel like a task or a burden. It's a great privilege."
-- David Shapiro, CEO, MENTOR

David Shapiro

Jamaica Plain, MA

"Sometimes, I am the only stable person in a foster child's life."
-- Char, CASA Volunteer

Char Williams

Tennessee Colony, TX

"Considering what's going on in many of our communities, what better contribution than to be personally available to a child."
- Elzora, Oasis Tutor

Elzora Douglas

St. Louis, MO

"Telling young people, 'You can do a lot, if you have a guiding hand,' encourages them to be better."

Alexandreena Dixon

Suffern, NY

"I always talked about what schools were doing wrong. This was my chance to do something about it."

Larry Jemison

Cleveland, OH

If you've experienced the power of working with young people on projects that contribute to a better future for future generations, your first-person story can inspire others to follow your example.

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