Today’s mentoring spotlight is on Hayley Marshall who is a mentor for third grader Kori Cooper. Hayley is a third year medical student at UNT-Health Science Center and has mentored Kori since the spring of 2012.
She got involved with the Ignite program at Fortress after an upper-classman at her school told her about the program. She was attracted to Ignite because it was similar to a mentoring program she enjoyed working with for four years as an undergraduate at Baylor University.
Hayley believes that mentoring is very important because it gives kids another form of support and encouragement. “As a mentor I need to be a good listener, be supportive and caring, and have fun at the same time,” she says.
One thing that Hayley loves about hanging out with Kori every week is watching how she has grown through their time together. “Kori is a really intelligent girl. She teaches me to enjoy the small things in life which is important for me as I go through medical school. She keeps me grounded,” Hayley says.
When asked what advice she would give to someone just starting out as a mentor, Hayley says the key is to have patience, “Don’t be too worried if your mentee doesn’t open up to you right away. Give them time to get used to you and feel comfortable. Just make sure you take the time to enjoy everything!”
For more information about the Ignite mentoring program or for other volunteer opportunities at Fortress YDC, email Dani at firstname.lastname@example.org.