Just a little over a year ago, Pat Tiefenthaler started mentoring Egide, a student at Whittier Middle School. They have quickly formed a meaningful relationship and have no intention on stopping anytime soon.
“The reason I mentor is that God placed people in my life, whether it was family or a teacher or coach who made an impact on me and I want to do the same for Egide,” said Pat.
Egide, who comes from a family with seven kids, loves the one on one time with Pat. They have a shared passion for basketball and have enjoyed playing the game together. In fact, Pat taught Egide how to do an around the back move that Egide has inserted into his games playing for Whittier Middle School.
While basketball has been a common bond for this match, their relationship is much deeper than sports. “Having a mentor has helped make a difference in my grades,” said Egide. “If I feel myself start to slack I think of what Pat would think and push up.” Egide also was quick to point out that Pat is consistent and that he felt “safe around him and know that I can trust him.”
“Egide is such a great kid that can light up a room with that smile,” said Pat. “I tell him to dream big and to work hard to be whatever he wants to be.”
Most of all, both Egide and Pat have fun. “I look forward to our meetings every Thursday,” said Egide. “It’s fun and helps me with everything — school, home.”
Pat heard about mentoring from his employer, First Bank & Trust/Fishback Financial Solutions, as well as his church, Ransom. He is happy that he made the decision to apply. “It’s our time to give back and make a difference,” said Pat. “Mentoring takes so little time, but the impact on a child can last a lifetime. I wish more people would consider mentoring as it’s one of the most rewarding experiences there is.”