Mentor programs are a win for our youth and our community!
"A perfect fit for me."
"I wanted to work with young girls because high school was a difficult time for me. I wanted to help young women learn how to be themselves, and be confident in who they are," says mentor Maggie Dyer.
Five years ago Maggie attended a United Way presentation about volunteer opportunities. They mentioned mentoring resources listed on their website. Maggie clicked on the 4C Coalition.
"When I saw the 4C mentoring program, I felt like it was perfect for me. I went through the training, and then they matched me with Andrea. We hit it off pretty quickly. She was 15 at that time. I am 10 years older than she is," reports Maggie.
Andrea's mother has been in and out of her life and her sister has raised her and her five siblings. Her home life has been rocky at times.
"The cool thing about the 4C is that they don't want you to be like another parent in the youth's life. I think I have been able to help and coach Andrea not as an authority figure but more so as a peer: