“It is doing what needs to get done.”

“Mentoring is important to me because it allows me the chance to be the person who I needed when I was younger.” (Ashley)

“I like the mentoring program because I have someone I can go to and talk to about anything.  Also I have a Christian man who shows me how to be a true man of God.”  (Jay, mentee)

“I just need to show up. We can all do that” (John)

“I learned through the mentoring project that Jesus was a mentor to the disciples. And I thought, ‘Wow, this is really cool that Jesus mentored these young men. He molded them, he taught them.’ I feel like I am teaching these guys things too. Mentoring is letting them see how things are so they can learn from you and your actions.” (Dom)

It is not so much of a burden, but rather a blessing. (Lou)

“It is just fun to look back and think of our experiences together…to just be proud of him.” (Daniel)

“It’s been fun getting to know someone. But also, sharing experiences from my life of things that might help her along in her relationship with the Lord.” (Nancy)

“One-on-one relationships are essential.” (Bill)

“I was blessed with great parents. I had people who poured into my life. Those people really made a difference. It makes you wonder…what happens to young people who don’t have mentors? We don’t realize that it is not fantastic things that kids need. They just need every day nuts-and-bolts guidance and good direction. More than anything, they just need someone to encourage them and believe in them.” (Tony)