Wayne began mentoring in our program in 2012, and in that time he has mentored two male students, both in great need of a strong and supportive male role model and mentor. As an active cyclist, a mechanical engineer, and a charming conversationlist we knew he would be an amazing mentor from the beginning.
His first match was with a 7th grader from Goleta Valley Junior High. This partiuclar teenager was an incredibly smart kid, however, his friends weren’t the best influence. Wayne supported him academically, constantly reminded him of the importance of a good education, but also focused on encouraging him to choose his friends wisely and not succumb to peer pressure.
At the end of their one year match committtment his mentee had become more resilient to peer pressure, improved his grades, and become a happier and more successful young man. At this point they decided to end their official match but continue to stay in touch so he could always seek Wayne’s advice and guidance.
Wayne was immediately excited to take on a new mentee and chose a 6th grader in Goleta who was in desperate need of a positive male figure. During their match meeting they instantly connected and it was hard for me to get a word in because they had so much to say to each other. Right then I knew that they would be one of my best matches. Since that day they have continued to prove me right; meeting multiple times a week during and outside of school, working on academics and behavior, but also taking time to have fun and explore the world together. His mentee's teacher is excited to see a marked imrovement in his school behavior and homework and thanks Wayne for making it happen.
As you all know, finding male mentors is a difficult task, but finding a fantastic male mentor is even harder. That is why I’m so happy to have Wayne as one of our mentors. He truly cares about his mentees and always focuses on helping them reach their personal goals and introducing them to new activites. Thank you Wayne for being such a wonderful mentor! Congratulations on being our January Mentor of the Month!