What is it like to mentor Javier and what changes have you seen over the years?
“I get to hang out with a really great kid, someone I’ve gotten to know well and care about in the past ten school years.”
“For years, I’d have lunch with Javier and we’d talk. When he was in elementary school, he wasn’t able to just sit and talk – totally normal for a kid, of course! – So we’d toss a ball or draw together while we chatted. Now, I pull him out of class during an elective period and we talk, while either sitting on a bench inside the school or walking around the school track”
“I’ve always talked to him a lot about college, my job as a journalist and my travels around the world. I wanted him to envision a lot of possibilities for his life. We have also talked extensively about his passions and goals. He has always been an amazing artist, so we’ve talked about art and he would show me his drawings. In high school, he has really excelled in JROTC, so we’ve talked about that and his desire to join the Army.”
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