Mentor: Melody Davis, Duval County Public School retiree
What do you enjoy the most about mentoring?
I enjoy listening to young students talking about their classes and the things they like in life, including their goals. It gives me a chance to share what I liked and my goals when I was their age.
How long have you been mentoring?
I have been mentoring for six years at Fort Caroline Middle School.
What are some of things you and your mentee do during your session?
We read and discuss quote cards I bring each time on the themes of “Dream,” “Believe” and “Don’t Quit.”
Check on any concerns in any subjects, progress of grades and needs for school.
We have worked on goal setting and what it takes to reach those goals.
We have taught each other a game the other did not know.
We share from the book we are currently reading.
Conversations on different topics.
What inspired you to become a mentor?
The need was expressed at work, and our administration allowed us to do so, adding time to our lunch time to visit our mentee. I had always worked in elementary schools, and the thought of partnering with a middle-school student was enticing.
What are some goals that you and your mentee set?
Read more books.
What is your favorite memory with your mentee so far?
Hearing Michelle talk about playing an instrument in the band was priceless. She was happy about it and was willing to share her up and down experiences.
Is there anything you would like to share with others about your mentoring experience?
Be a good listener.
Find out some likes of your mentee.
Do different activities and some the same each time.
Mentee: Michelle Green, seventh grade
What do you like most about your mentor?
MY Big Sister makes sure I am “on point,” asks how I am doing, is not rude, helps me set goals, and makes sure I keep my grades up.
What is the best advice you have received from your mentor?
If you want something go after it, and do not give up.
What is your favorite memory with your mentor so far?
The first day we met.
What are some accomplishments that you have accomplished with your mentor?
I achieved some of the goals me and my mentor set at the beginning of last year, such as work to get a phone, read books throughout the summer and start a car-washing business.