Let’s Talk About: Mentorship

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I wasn’t really sure how to start this, but here we go!

I am a newly minted mentor to a refugee gal through a program called GirlFoward!

I’m so excited about this new adventure in my life as it speaks to one of the biggest things that make my heart go “pitter patter” – kids!

Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to work with kids.  Career-wise, I wanted to be a high school math teacher.  However, when I graduated college, I knew that I could do so much more. Fast forward almost ten years and I now work in tech, have worked with youth in my church, via tutoring, and now mentoring!

When people say they love kids, typically they’re referring to smaller children.  While I love the actual babies, my heart skips a beat for kids in middle school and high school.  These can be some of the toughest kids to work with due to so many changes – identity, puberty, peer pressure, career, school, etc.

I’ve worked with kids from all walks of life, except for this – refugee/displacement individuals.  As someone who was born in America, I am used to many freedoms that other countries do not offer to their citizens.  I’m able to express myself freely via my speech or the way that I dress.  Something so simple as driving is a freedom that I am given, but say that to someone in Saudi Arabia (although I believe the ban was just lifted about a month or so ago).

So when the opportunity came up for me to become a mentor to a girl who is a refugee, I jumped on it.  I knew I wasn’t going to be able to relate being that we’re in my home country.  But, I viewed it as an opportunity to learn about someone else’s experiences.  Even though it’ll be a challenge, my main goal is to just show support to my gal.  I want her to know that she can count on me to listen and be her friend.  There may be some things outside of my wheelhouse that I can’t control, but I will try my best to be there for her.

It’s moments like these that I love because they force me to be outside of myself – to put myself in someone else’s shoes.  I want to use this opportunity to learn more about myself as a person and use that experience to continue my journey in becoming the positive catalyst in people’s lives.

I will leave the site below so you can read all about GirlForward, but rest assured, this won’t be the last time you hear about it!

GirlForward

–Dee

 

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