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