Mentoring with Focus Forward has been a learning experience for me. While working with youth that are involved in gangs who have different family dynamics, I learned that I have the ability to work with youth from different cultural backgrounds. These youth are bright. All they need is a helping hand and an ear to listen to them. I also got to know more about the resources that assist youth in Fresno County. I have the pleasure of helping connect youth to these resources that will help turn their lives around positively.
I enjoy reading the mentees evaluation that the youth fill out before their release from the JJC. The youth gives many positive feedback such as saying that their mentor taught them to never give up.
People tend to have or say negative comments about youth in the juvenile systems, however, many of the youth I mentored are and have been very bright individuals who make wrong decisions.