Congratulations to our January Mentor of the Month, Kevin Spicer! Kevin was selected because of his dedication to fostering a lasting relationship with his mentee, Elijah. The duo has spent time participating in several BEST Kids peer group activities that have brought them closer together. One of their favorite peer groups was the Hip Hop Dance class. Kevin shared that although he and his mentee were out of their comfort zones, they had a fun time even while messing up and were able to learn new dance moves with the group. When the pair was first matched, one of Elijah’s goals was to learn Spanish. Not knowing the language, Kevin had to rely on Google and dictionaries to translate to help Elijah with his homework assignments. Kevin says, “It was a good challenge for both of us, and thankfully Elijah passed and met the language requirements to graduate!” Kevin has consistently displayed his dedication to his mentee and the BEST Kids program. Thank you, Kevin, for your unwavering commitment and dedication!
Anh Doan - "Mentor of the Month" August 2022
Congratulations to our July Mentor of the Month, Anh Doan. Anh and her mentee, Ana have been matched for almost 4 years! During this time, the duo has spent time participating in BEST Kids peer group activities that have brought them closer together. Recently, Ana and Anh have begun dedicating time to sports, and college prep.
Anh was selected as the July Mentor of the Month because she embodies what it means to be an exemplary mentor! From enjoying Salvadoran food with Ana and participating in various BEST Kids activities, to working with Ana as she prepares for college, Anh has consistently displayed her dedication to Ana and the program. Congratulations Anh!
1. What’s your fondest memory from spending time with your mentee?
Enjoying a lot of El Salvadoran food with my mentee. Since we both love to eat, it was a chance for me to learn more about El Salvador. This experience allowed my mentee to introduce me to new foods, while finding comfort in foods from her home country.
2. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced since becoming your mentee’s mentor?
Keeping our outings consistent! With my mentee's ever changing schedule, finding times for us to meet can get difficult. I check in with her often, prior to our scheduled outings to make sure we're good to go.
3. What is your current job/career and what is something you enjoy about your work?
I currently work as a data analyst in mortgage lending. I love studying data, and figure out trends from data sets!