Every Wednesday and Thursday night from now until next June, this scene of one-on-one tutoring and mentoring will be realized. Our vision requires that every one of these students starts a job and career of his or her choice by age 25. As they move through our program, they move through our Theory of Change. Some are at step one - building regular participation - while some are exploring step six - career counseling and scholarship opportunities.
Step seven - maintain connections between youths and volunteers after graduation - is in action, too. One of the best ways to keep in touch these days is via Facebook. Check out this testimonial posted to our Facebook page by former student Monique Kirkman-Bey:
Hey thanks for all you guys did to help me get where I am today. I was introduced to a great person, my mentor, Joey Molenda, nearly 9 years ago and we are still in contact today! Don't stop molding the minds of our youth and rest assured knowing that your hard work is not in vain!
It is feedback like this that deeply motivates us here at Cabrini Connections and the Tutor/Mentor Connection. Likewise, I hope that these words are encouraging to you as a supporter of our work. Please continue to share my blog posts with your friends and family. Talk about Reggie. Talk about Mandy. Talk about our clubs. We always say, "we are one big network." The best marketing is word-of-mouth. Our work speaks for itself.