This year, at the Seedling Foundation Annual Mentor Appreciation Luncheon, our keynote speaker was one of our own.
Zaira Garcia joined the Seedling Mentor Program when it began, and was one of the first 8th grade Seedling College Scholarship winners in 2007. She was a tiny girl, as she walked across the stage of Webb Middle School to receive her $5,000 college scholarship promise and her classmates gave the winners a standing ovation.
Her Mentor, Margo Dover, and the Seedling Mentor Program became part of Zaira’s life and transformed it in many ways over the years. But, you see, we don’t have to tell you her story…she does it herself, right here.
Zaira Garcia is a former Seedling mentored student and current University of Texas at Austin undergraduate. She recently spoke at Seedling’s Annual Mentor Appreciation Event, about how her Seedling mentor impacted her life.
“We would meet once a week during my lunch hour and that was enough to help me cope with the loneliness I had become accustomed to…Having someone show up for you is a huge, huge deal…Thirty minutes once a week goes a long way for someone; someone who might get lost in the system, or someone who knows nothing about how important they are… (It) is enough to make a difference.”
Zaira’s message affirms that in just a few minutes each week, Seedling mentors make a significant and life-changing impact on a child’s life. This past school year, Seedling Foundation matched over 550 Central Texas school children with a caring, committed mentor.
This summer, we hope to recruit an additional 200 volunteers to match with both current and new children in the program. Will you help by becoming a mentor or making a donation to help us recruit and train new mentors?
We can’t do it without your support.
~Seedling Mentor Program Staff