|BEST Kids, Inc.||
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that mentoring works! BEST Kids Mentoring Program is guided by the belief that all children are talented. Through our one-on-one volunteer mentoring, our extensive training, staff support and our experiential-learning-based peer group, we encourage our youth to discover and develop their unique skills and abilities. Beginning with children as young as six and continuing, as needed, until adulthood, BEST Kids Mentoring Program works to enable youth to develop a positive sense of self, to acquire teamwork and group social skills, and to become productive members of society.
The Art of the Matter
Thanks to Host Hotels & Resorts for sponsoring our 2016 Art of the Matter
More Mentors Needed
BEST Kids Mentor of the Month
Jesus Ibarra - October 2016
11-year-old Jesse and Jesus have been matched since December of 2015. Jesse and Jesus (or ‘Sus’ according to Jesse and his family) have hit it off since the commencement of their match. They seem to connect almost like an older brother would connect with his younger brother. Jesus is really protective of Jesse and tries to make sure that he is safe and well taken care of. Halfway through their time together, Jesus had to move to a different foster home and Jesus navigated that very well. Jesus maintained that positive presence in Jesse’s life. They are both very consistent attendees of our monthly peer groups and always have a great time when they are together. Jesus helped teach Jesse how to swim this past summer. We hope that all our mentors and mentees can click as well as James and Jesse have.
Every dollar donated between 11/28/16 and 12/31/16 will be matched 1:1 (up to $20,000) to support our mentoring program for youth in DC's foster care.
“BEST Kids helped me by showing me things that I wouldn’t have been able to do, and they pushed me forward so when I get older I’ll be able to do these things on my own.”