Larry Jasper, Active Navy
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.
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.
Mainly, catch up work; however, I am noticing a positive trend of doing present assignments or even working on assignments early.
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.
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.
David telling me I am his “brother from another mother.”
I would hope to continue to help David with life’s challenges, decision-making and building trust in friendship with him.
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
That he helps me with my work and he inspires me to want to do my best.
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.
When he brings me lunch and we talk about what is going on with me.
He helped me improve my grades because my grades were not good before I met him. He helped me improve my behavior as well.