What brought you to HFS Chicago Scholars?
I heard about HFS Chicago Scholars from some of my work colleagues. After attending the Leadership Breakfast a couple of years ago, I was moved by the cause and knew that I had to get involved. I started as a Young Professionals Board member and then decided to also become a mentor.
Describe your relationship with your scholar.
As this was the first year with my scholar, I would describe the relationship with my scholar as maturing. It takes time to build the trust necessary to form strong bonds; however, I believe my scholar and I are well on our way. I am looking forward to seeing my relationship with my scholar continue to grow over the next few years.
How have you grown as a mentor?
I have gained a better understanding of the struggles faced by some high school students in the Chicago-land area. This has strengthened my desire to give back and has shown me that mentorship can be truly impactful.
What would you say to someone thinking about becoming a mentor?
Do not hesitate. Not only can you help make a difference in someone’s life, but you will also grow tremendously from the experience. You will even have fun while doing it!
Describe HFS in 3 words.
Empowering, Responsive, Necessary