CSMonitor – Young lives. Old problems. New solutions. – Mentoring 101: What the kids want matters.

Thank you for this story.  It demonstrates that “The Christian Science Monitor” is not stuck in the past but abreast of the times with its new logo and slogan “Young lives. Old problems. New solutions” for EqualEd.  We are all God’s children.  The right mentor can change a life for the better.

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Mentoring 101: What the kids want matters

Young lives. Old problems. New solutions.

Part 5 of the Monitor’s One Caring Person project on the power of mentoring to transform young people’s lives.

 

 

October 12, 2016 Shopping for clothes can be tough for Rayne, who identifies as neither female or male, but as nonbinary.

Rayne’s mentor, Katherin Hudkins, has been a “rock,” in cases like that.

“I was going to go into a dressing room and we were at a Target, and one of the workers gave me this look, and instantly she was right there, super supportive,” says Rayne, who prefers to use the pronoun “they” rather than “he” or “she.”

Rayne spent more than a decade in the foster-care system. Three years ago, Silver Lining Mentoring paired Rayne with Ms. Hudkins, a 20-something from the Boston area.

Talking with or seeing Katherin is “basically the single thing that I look forward to every week. It’s pretty much everything,” says Rayne. “I have pictures on my wall of our meetings and our camping trips we did together…. It’s nice to have someone who’s been there constantly.”

Hudkins identifies as queer – an umbrella term that can embrace a variety of gender identities.

“I was lucky to be in an incredibly supportive, loving environment when I was beginning to explore that identity as a teenager,” she says. “[To not] have a safe stable place to do that is scary and sometimes even dangerous.”

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) teens make up a significant portion of the foster care population, so all Silver Lining mentors learn about LGBTQ issues during cultural competency training. The group also recruits LGBTQ mentors for kids who request such a match.

Click on link below to read article in its entirety:

http://www.csmonitor.com/EqualEd/2016/1012/Mentoring-101-What-the-kids-want-matters

Part 1: Want kids to show up to school? Embed a mentor there.

Part 2: College supply list for low-income students: Books, financial aid … a mentor

Part 3: From juvenile detention to straight A’s, with the help of a mentor

Part 4: The South African astronomer who built a pipeline to the stars

Part 5: Mentoring 101: What the kids want matters

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