As we start to see more fall foliage these days, I can’t help but reflect on this period of transition we find ourselves in. While some of our young people are getting used to new schools or new homes, some of our colleagues have taken on new roles and opportunities. In my own life, my wife and I recently became foster parents to a wonderful 16-year-old teenage girl. This last month has been full of incredible growth and learning as we support our foster daughter. Whether it is independent learnings skills like budgeting and money management to building healthy coping skills, there is no shortage of support needed.
As a new foster parent, I’ve been able to appreciate even more the importance of mentorship for our youth. A mentor fills a unique role as a positive adult friend who can provide a healthy perspective outside of the home. It truly takes a village to help our youth thrive! I can honestly say that I wish my child could have a BEST Kids mentor! :)
Through becoming a foster dad I’ve learned I must draw deeper from the wells of compassion, patience, and empathy. Qualities that I recognize and admire in the inspiring individuals I interact with through BEST Kids. I’m always amazed by our dedicated mentors who demonstrate profound consistency through difficult times and shifting circumstances. Despite the changing of the seasons, the importance of mentorship for our youth is evergreen. Thank you to all our mentors, volunteers, donors, partners, staff, and board members for all that you have done, continue to do, and aspire to do in support of our youth!
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