Meet Guardian Scholar Valeria, and her Mentor Veronica! They have been paired for 2 years. Valeria entered foster care when she was 5 years old and has lived in the A.B. Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center (PCC), foster homes, and group homes, where she was separated from her sisters.
Throughout the two years they’ve known each other, Veronica has been a constant support for Valeria. They enjoy catching up at Starbucks, and Valeria appreciates Veronica’s willingness to listen to her when she needs someone to talk to.
“I am grateful to have a mentor because she is someone I can talk to, which is very important for students who have a lot going on including work, school, and being a full-time mom,” shared Valeria. “My mentor has helped me grow in all aspects of life, including my finances, and relationships. She plays many roles in my life. I am grateful for Veronica.”
Mentor, Veronica had mentors herself growing up and felt the desire to give back to Promises2Kids, as she had a personal connection to PCC and had volunteered there in the past.
“Becoming a mentor is rewarding,” shared Veronica. “You get to be a part of another person that is open to options and to learning. I love when I can help with teachable moments by providing resources and past experiences.”
To all the amazing mentors – thank you for providing our youth with guidance, support, and encouragement!