As the 2017-18 school year starts, it may be a great time to talk about mentoring at your office! Bob Wendland, who mentors at Eugene Field, found out about the program just that way. “Mentoring is a perfect break in my day,” said Bob. “It’s nice to get out the office and de-stress.”
Bob is matched with Daniel, who is now a 3rd grader. At the end of last year, they were looking forward to reconnecting and starting their third year together this fall. “He makes me feel happy,” said Daniel. “He is fun, funny and nice.”
Daniel enjoys playing games with Bob and remembers their first meeting as the time when they “played Go Fish and Bob asked me a lot of questions.” The biggest attribute Bob has seen in Daniel is his kindness. “I look forward to seeing where his genuine kindness takes him in life,” said Bob.
Bob definitely sees the need for more mentors. He grew up in a small South Dakota town where everyone knew everyone. He knows that is not the case in Sioux Falls, which makes mentoring a valuable investment of your time.
If you would like to talk about mentoring at your workplace, let us know! We would be happy to send you applications or brochures to help get people interested. As we are going into the 2017-18 school year, there are approximately 200 students like Daniel who need someone “fun, funny and nice” in their life.