The relationship between a mentor and mentee can be life changing for both!
I speak from experience as I look back at my 15 year relationship with Leticia who is the child of non-English speaking immigrants with 3rd grade educations. She is the first in her family to graduate from high school, and has gone on to become a highly regarded special education teacher, working with students from backgrounds similar to her own.
I am not exaggerating when I say that my relationship with Leticia is one of the most gratifying and fulfilling in my life, second only to that of my husband, children and grandchildren. The power of our relationship is exemplified by her words on this year’s holiday card, which to me says it all:
“Barb, it is because of your love and support that I am the woman that I am today … thanks to you my children will have a better future.”
As President & CEO of Los Angeles Team Mentoring, I watched many inner-city children flourish and grow with the guidance of our program and dedicated mentors. Leticia is living proof of the power of mentoring and continues to be my inspiration for my involvement in 1000 Women for Mentoring and this transformative movement.