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A Little Sister’s Poem

A special sister and best friend.
Time with you, I love to spend.
Always been there, through think and thin.
I know your thoughts, through your grin.
A special sister and a best friend,
my gratitude, I wish to send.
Your kindness keeps me very warm,
great conversations are the norm.
A special sister and a best friend,
Your dreams and thoughts, I shall defend.
We are more than just a team,
I’m your coffee, you’re my crème.

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Security

“The love i have will always be there because i have you. I know you care because you have been there for me. When i cry you always have a way to cheer me up again. The pain inside made me struggle but when your with me im not afraid and i don’t struggle anymore”

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New Experiences

“My mentor helps me experience new things and learn new things as well. I really like having someone who is there for me but not really in my family because we can bond in a different way. Also it gives me time to hang out with someone one on one”.

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Breaking out of Shyness

“I want to be as successful as she is. She has really helped me break out of my shyness. I’ve been very grateful to have her in my life. It’s fun how we both have the same music taste! I have never opened up or trusted any one like her”

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Brandy

“My mentor is probably the best thing that ever happened to me. She’s someone I can talk to all the time, someone who guides me in the right direction. She helps me with a lot and I think I would seriously be lost without her. Brandy shows me self-confidence and she tells me that even on my worst day I have to keep trying.”

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Little Sister Pride

“I had abandonment issues growing up. Having a Big Sister as a constant in my life made me realize that not everyone I loved was going to leave me. I feel like I did a lot of the things growing up that I wouldn’t have been able to do. She taught me to be proud of myself and who I am and where I came from.”

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Connection

“It’s nice to connect with other girls. Sometimes I feel weird talking to people and I’ve learned that I’m not alone on that.”

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Yari

“I have always been blessed with strong female role models—my mother, aunts, and sorority sisters just to name a few. They have supported me, pushed me, and loved me unconditionally. Due to them, I am more confident, more successful, and happier. Experiencing such positive impacts from those relationships, I wanted another girl to benefit the same way I have. I want her to gain confidence and respect for herself, trust her abilities, and continue to grow into her own. I want to be a role model to show her that anything is possible if you work hard and stay positive. I want her to know it’s okay to make mistakes and it’s okay to have insecurities. From the instant I read Yari’s bio, I knew she was the little sister for me. We have similar personalities and I knew that I could guide her through some of her insecurities because I have worked through them myself. I love that she has big dreams and I want to help her realize those dreams can become a reality and show her how to get there.

To me, being a mentor is being there for Yari with whatever she needs. I want her to thrive. Her successes are my successes and her struggles are mine as well. We are a team, built on common goals, trust, and most importantly, friendship.”

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The Bond of Mentoring

“Being a mentor isn’t a job. It’s a role in someone’s life. It’s the opportunity to guide someone, to show them the path to reach the stars. The chance to make an impact, to change how someone views life, it’s the best reward. However,they also have something to teach me. They open my eyes to a whole other perspective. They show that there is more than just my way to do things. They teach me just as much as I teach them. To me, being a mentor is the most rewarding opportunity life can offer. It brings two different people to create a special, unbreakable bond.”

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Being a Mentor

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” (Maya Angelou). I love this quote because it speaks volumes with how we should treat others. Being a mentor is more than volunteering. Being a mentor means to leave a positive foot print in a young person’s life, that they could potentially pass on to the next generation. “

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