Award Recipient: Anastasia Garcia
How did you get started in the Program?
I started in the program in 2002. I saw a flyer posted in my Sociology class at Chaffey College.
Tell us about the organization that administrates this program and what it takes to become involved.
This mentoring program is through Reach Out West End Mentoring in Upland. This is a youth mentoring program that provides one -on-one mentoring to at-risk youth by matching them with positive and caring adult role models in the community. The process is simple; you contact the program or login to their website fill out an application and go through a background check. The commitment is one hour a week or as much as you would like.
What is meaningful about this type of volunteer program to you?
This is an awesome experience! Volunteering one hour of your time can make a huge difference in a young person’s life. The great experiences I had with all of my mentees were very meaningful and so rewarding. It’s also a great feeling knowing you’re making a positive impact in their lives.
I am looking forward to meeting my new mentee in January.
What types of things do you do with the kids? (Mentees)
You can do many activities; from just going for a nice walk to the park, having dinner with my family or going to see a movie. It all depends on what your mentee likes to do too. There are many activities that are free of charge in every community. I like taking my mentees roller-skating and bowling where you have a chance to interact with each other and have fun at the same time. The program also has scheduled outings to many fun and educational places.
Remember, January is National Mentoring Month. Make a difference and become a mentor.
The attached article that was published about Anna mentoring three sisters.
Their mission is to strengthening communities by providing programs that create hope, education, and empowerment for young people and their families.