Making the Small Steps
From a Kids Hope USA Director:
I have one mentor at my school that has been building a relationship with a girl for 4 years.
This is a girl who has had much loss, as she lost her twin brother in 1st grade, and also has grown up without a dad.
This girl, now in 7thgrade, was still fearful of speaking up in class to ask for help from a teacher.
The mentor was able to share her mentoring time with the teacher one week, to help the girl see the teacher was really not so intimidating. This helped break down her fear, and open the communication for more learning.
Another amazing thing, was that the student talked about her brother for the 1st time in the 4 years of the relationship. Another brave step for her.
Last, the mentor has been a liaison for the family and the school. The family, being Russian, deal with a language barrier. They’ve also had a “fear of the school,” and were in very low communication with the school. She has helped make the pathway of communication a little easier for both sides.
It may take time, but small steps grow into big progress.