This outgoing and confident young girl has been matched with her mentors Jane and Kevin for over 4 years.
Like any friendship, theirs has been a journey of growth. Jane and Kevin have watched Majesty grow up, blossom into a performer, an artist, and a young woman of faith. There have been bumps along the way, but both have been steadfast and intentional with every minute they spend with Majesty – they know that the work of mentoring is never really finished.
Over the past 4 years, Jane and Majesty have written and performed countless puppet shows for neighbors, family members, and even for supporters at a Faithful Friends gala. Recently, they finished one of their many sewing projects – an entire halloween costume.
This is just one mentor/mentee match that has turned into so much more than a one-year committment. This is a friendship, a relationship of mutual trust, enjoyment, and growth.
Today, on this Giving Tuesday, support Faithful Friends. We are committed to cultivating mentor relationships like this one – that inspire growth, resilience, and hope.
“They get to see a whole new world, learn new things, and explore new environments that maybe they wouldn’t have been able to before.”
This is Janelli. She is a Resident and Community Services Coordinator with Home Forward, and her organization partners with Faithful Friends to help kids in her community get matched with mentors. She has seen first hand the impact that mentorship has had on an entire community of kids and families, and her hope for the kids that she works with is that they build lifelong relationships.
“[Mentoring] also creates a lifelong connection that goes beyond the mentor relationship. Hopefully as adults they can go back to that mentor and still have that support that the mentor provides.”
We are thankful for Janelli and all the support she helps provide families in her community. We will continue to find loving, caring, consistent mentors for the children she works with because we know the work of mentoring is never finished.
The Work of Mentoring is Never Finished (7/10) “It’s having those first time experiences together that has been the most special.” Osdale and her mentee are coming up on their one year match anniversary. That means that almost 3/4 of their time together has been spent virtually because of the COVID19 pandemic. Before going virtual, these two went on plenty of adventures. From zoo lights and skiing on the mountain, to fairs at the convention center, they were having all sorts of new experiences together. “There’s a lot of places I probably wouldn’t go with anyone else, and those are usually places she hasn’t been either. Like the Children’s Museum. That was a new experience for both of us. I think it’s having those first time experiences together that has been the most special.” Since meeting virtually, Osdale noticed that her mentee has been spending a ton of time playing video games and watching videos on her tablet. “Recently we watched a Netflix show together over video. It was the one about a guy who documents his experience with this octopus. It’s actually pretty educational, and its something she wouldn’t watch on her own. We watch and then have a conversation about it afterward.” 2020 has been all about adapting. We are so thankful for our mentors who have adapted their outings so they can continue being a consistent presence in the life of their mentee. The work of mentoring is never finished.
“It’s everything he needs as a young man, and we’re super grateful.”
Going on bike rides is a favorite activity for Jamie and Andrew*.
“I’m a single mom…and I have this beautiful boy who really needed some male influence in his life. I’m really grateful for the match for that reason. They rode 10 miles down to Cathedral Park. I’d never do that! They’re fearless, they’re active, and Jamie pushes him. It’s everything he needs as a young man, and we’re super grateful,” shares Andrew’s mom.
Caring for children is one of Faithful’s core values. Sometimes that looks like helping kids find their joy, recognize their passions, and see their strengths.
Happy two year match anniversary to this bike-riding duo, and thank you to Jamie who has committed to continuing his friendship with his mentee. The work of mentoring is never finished.
The Work of Mentoring is Never Finished (5/10) Listen Love Encourage Have Fun These are just some of the actions that a Faithful Friends mentor commits to when they begin their 1 year journey with their mentee. Michelle and Robert have been doing all that – and more. But guess what!? Their journey doesn’t have to end after 1 year. They’ve decided to make a second year commitment to their mentee. To continue showing up for him for a couple hours each week. To continue to love, encourage, laugh, and listen. Almost 70% of Faithful Friends mentors continue on beyond their year commitment. There are so many children in our city who want and need an extra loving, caring, consistent adult in their lives. The work of mentoring is never finished.
“One of the clues was to find batman riding on a red bike. It was designed to be a rare sight so when they saw him, they went crazy!”
At the beginning of quarantine, Faithful Friends matches had to adapt to online “outings”. For many, the isolation from friends, teachers, family, AND mentors was (and continues to be) a huge challenge.
As a response to a survey sent to our mentors, Chon and his wife created an outdoor scavenger hunt in their neighborhood. They invited matches to come join.
“I think the social aspect was good. Isolation is a real thing during COVID. Also, it gave kids and mentors some time for teamwork, fun, and exercise. One of the clues was to find batman riding on a red bike. It was designed to be a rare sight so when they saw him, they went crazy! All in all, it was a fun time in what is a challenging time in life for many.” -Chon, Faithful Friends Mentor
“Also, after school we try to maximize fun because, well…balance!”
After two years of showing up every week, Michelle and David saw that remote learning presented a new need for their mentee – so they started incorporating time each Friday to help him with online schooling.
Being able to get out of his apartment, just for one day a week, and go somewhere that feels all his own has made a big impact. In a time when we’re all searching for rhythm, these Fridays at his mentor’s house provides just that. They guide and encourage him through his class material, and then they share a meal together to celebrate his hard work (usually pizza or SuperDeluxe 🍕🍔❤️).
As we navigate through this year’s unique challenges, we see mentors stepping up in new ways. Sometimes, you adjust to fill in where you see there’s a need because the work of mentoring is never finished.
“I’ve learned that this is a child who depends on me”.
Brian and Jordan have showed up for one another for two years. One of Faithful’s core values is consistency. Consistency just means showing up, every week, and doing what you say you’re going to do.
“I’ve learned that this is a child who depends on me as his mentor. When I say I’m going to do something, I have to hold myself accountable because he holds me accountable.” -Brian, Faithful Friends Mentor.
Not every outing between matches is perfect. We all have good and bad days! Brian keeps showing up because he knows the work is never finished. #theworkofmentoringisneverfinished #consistency #givingseason #givingtuesday