The past several months have been challenging for Cornerstone Kids, as we have navigated through the COVID-19 pandemic. We have turned to virtual mentoring as a new way to provide support and positive role models to youth.
In August we virtually matched T’Darryl Smith with his mentor, Alan Boiangu. T’Darryl was very excited even though he would not be able to meet his mentor in-person for a while due to our COVID guidelines. They embarked on their mentoring relationship with the help of phone calls and virtual meetings until they could get together. In October, Cornerstone Kids provided mentors and mentees with DIY Halloween activities including pumpkins and carving kits. T’Darryl was excited to see his mentor and carve a pumpkin for the first time.
As we look ahead, we recognize that youth need encouragement and positive reinforcement to face today’s challenges now more than ever.
Youth with incarcerated parents and relatives especially need support from mentors who serve as positive role models.
We are in need of additional mentors, especially male mentors, who are willing to dedicate 12 months to being matched with a mentee.
For more information about becoming a mentor, please contact Cornerstone Builders Program Director by emailing Kristina Gibson or calling 504-310-8772.