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AFL Mentor Spotlight: Larry Jasper

May 31, 2016

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David Meanyhan believes his grades and behavior improved thanks to his Achievers For Life mentor Larry Jasper. 


Larry Jasper, Active Navy

  1. What do you enjoy most about mentoring?

Positively influencing the direction of a child is mutually beneficial.  Seeing the confidence growth with each accomplishment is a “light-bulb” moment that also reminds me to continue the pursuit of my own efforts.

  1. What has your mentoring relationship meant to you over the past four months?

The time that I’ve spent with my “little” has produced a variety of emotional responses and critical thinking.  Ultimately, it’s a continual growth experience.

  1. What are some of the things you and your mentee do during your session?

Mainly, catch up work; however, I am noticing a positive trend of doing present assignments or even working on assignments early.

  1. What inspired you to become a mentor?

I had a mentor when I was coming up as a child. Though it was short-lived, it gave me a desire to “pay it forward.” My life would be entirely different without the angels that guided me through hazardous points of hardship.

  1. What are some goals that you and your mentee set?

This quarter, our goals are A/B Honor Roll, an overall improvement of grades, and successful assignment completion.  Ultimately, the goal is to focus on the educational pursuit so David can go to college and become whatever he wants.

  1. What is your favorite memory with your mentee so far?

David telling me I am his “brother from another mother.”

  1. Where do you hope the relationship goes after middle school?

I would hope to continue to help David with life’s challenges, decision-making and building trust in friendship with him.

  1. Is there anything you would like to share with others about your mentoring experience?

Understand that there will be communication challenges between you and the little, but patience will go further than trying to rush results.  Take the time to get to know the little, their life, challenges and desires before expectations negate the purpose.


David Meanyhan, J. E. B. Stuart Middle School, sixth grade

  1. What do you like most about your mentor?

That he helps me with my work and he inspires me to want to do my best.

  1. What is the best advice you have received from your mentor?

He tells me if I do well in school it will help me be successful in life. In addition, if I stay focused I could do anything in my future.

  1. What is your favorite memory with your mentor so far?

When he brings me lunch and we talk about what is going on with me.

  1. What are some accomplishments that you have accomplished with your mentor?

He helped me improve my grades because my grades were not good before I met him. He helped me improve my behavior as well.