Research shows that supporting a child during the early years of life (before age 8) is critical for determining academic success. It is a privilege to meet with my student weekly with a plan to read and work on academic skills together. But, also, it is so rewarding to talk, share, eat a snack, and play together, too! My prayer for him is that he will not only grow in his intrinsic motivation for academic success, but also grow in confidence, self-esteem, and building positive relationships with others. I've noticed that in this past one and one-half years, he is off to great start! Praying for my student and working with him is a perfect fit and a huge blessing. It is a joy for me to serve in CA's thriving Kids Hope ministry! -Diane
How do I even begin to describe the impact that being a Kids Hope mentor has had on my life?
First and foremost, it gave a face, a name, and a practical way to live out Jesus' words that we are to "love our neighbor as ourselves." I got a first row view to the life of a young boy who came from a single parent home; where mom was working her tail off to try to provide for her kids. I got to be a part of that boy's life without knowing the full extent of whatever impact I might have (or not!) been making. I'll never know. And I just had to learn to be OK with that. I carry Brian in my heart even 7 years later.
The other significant impact that Kids Hope has had on my life is that it gave me a bird's eye view to the world of at-risk kids, especially children in the foster care system. As a result of Kids Hope and a few other ways that God opened my eyes to at-risk kids, I now get to lead a movement of people and churches dedicated to ending child abuse in Greater Los Angeles. Thank you, Kids Hope, for refining my focus and life purpose!