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AFL Mentor Spotlight: Brent Hopkins

January 23, 2018

Jymin & Brent

Mentee:  Jymin, Arlington Middle School

  •  What do you like most about your mentor?
    • That he helps me with my homework and makes it more understanding.
  • What is the best advice you have received from your mentor?
    • Never give up! 
  • What is your favorite memory with your mentor so far?
    • When they play Scrabble and I would beat him all the time.
  • What are some accomplishments that you have accomplished with your mentor?
    • He helped me bring my science grade up.


Mentor:  Brent Hopkins, 1010XL 

  • What do you enjoy the most about mentoring?  
    •  Sharing, listening, and observing mentee progress from an educational and social standpoint.
  • How long have you been mentoring?
    • 2+ years
  • What are some of things you and your mentee do during your session? 
    • Assignment/grade review, discussion about past and current week events at school and home.  And SCRABBLE!
  • What inspired you to become a mentor? 
    • A radio campaign – initially I helped orchestrate it through work to help recruit mentors, but it wasn’t long before I thought “why not me?”
  • What are some goals that you and your mentee set?
    • Grade improvement is the main goal – meeting all assignment deadlines, organization tactics, discipline, etc.  Discussing how that will translate into him exceeding larger goals later in life.
  • What is your favorite memory with your mentee so far?
    •  Throwing football and encouraging him to take photos with Jaguars players at (school sanctioned) event end of last year – he was so pumped!
  • Is there anything you would like to share with others about your mentoring experience?
    •  One hour per week for you to make a difference – rest assured that you’ll receive more gratification than you think (or maybe even deserve) – absolutely worth it.