During National Volunteer Week, Friends Youth Mentoring presented the ’17-’18 St. Paul’s School Site-based Mentor of the Year Award. Friends Youth Mentoring Program Mentor, Richard Li, was this year’s esteemed recipient. He received a standing ovation from the school’s community when he was announced to be the winner from a very deep pool of talented volunteers. Richard brings authenticity to his role as a mentor with us. His efforts are based in dedication, investment, and motivation to assure every minute he spends with his mentee counts.
When asked how his mentor has impacted him, his 11 year old mentee said, “I learned to be more confident in myself. I have better relationships to people and make more friends. I feel better about myself. I used to be shy, but when I changed, I felt like showing the whole world my change!”
It is highly rewarding to see this mentee’s elevated demeanor, listen to the banter between them, and see many positive moments resulting in smiles on their faces.