When I enrolled, as I usually do, I immediately froze with anxiety -- what if I am not a good mentor? What if we have nothing to talk about? What if I actually make him HATE reading? What if he hates me? And on and on.
I was nervous that the poor little dude would sit and twiddle his thumbs and count down the minutes until he was rid of me. And then there was the no cell phone policy -- no BlackBerry for 60 minutes. How could I possibly be unplugged from work?! The world may just implode!
In the first five minutes of meeting my mentee, I realized I was already looking forward to the next week and the week after that and planning the books we would read and how I need this program just as much he does. For one hour each week, I care nothing about the outside world and only about this little boy and what exactly is going on in his tiny world. We are making progress on his reading and learning the meaning of words such, "expert" and "remedy," and like I mentioned -- laughing a lot.
Everybody Wins! DC has been nominated for a CLASSY Award and if the program wins, it will receive a grant of $10,000. If you have an extra minute, please go online and vote for EW DC and help build this phenomenal charity. Voting ends tomorrow and your support means the world to me and countless children across the District.
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