My experience with Focus Forward is very positive. It is very rewarding to have the opportunity to have my own mentees and watch them improve and grow. I learned that they are amazing kids. They are funny, smart, and kind-hearted. They each have their own story and have been through a lot, yet they are still striving. They just need positive role models and someone who will give them attention and hear them out.
Although I still have a lot to learn, through this internship and the Master of Social Work program, I developed skills and tools to better assist my clients and be positive influence to others. One of my youth told me that he looked forward to seeing me and there was nothing else he would rather do than meet with me.
Becoming a Focus Forward Mentor will be a great and rewarding experience. The youth really enjoy having a mentor. Although, you may not realize it, you can make a difference in the youth’s lives.