Who: Megan Clark
Role: Bright Start Mentor
Mentor Since: Fall 2015
Bright Start is our ground-breaking education pilot program that pairs elementary-age children requiring additional assistance in reading, math, and science with volunteer mentors who meet with students every week for a two-hour session. Trained by Project Hope Alliance and Every Monday Matters, Bright Start mentors function as mentors, coaches, and motivators. Read more about this innovative education program here.
1) What is your why?
I believe in doing things that make a difference. I originally joined this mentor team because I thought that I would have the opportunity to have a positive impact on a child's life. I want to make contributions to the world around me that matter. Therefore, the opportunity to be a part of this team seemed fitting. Yet, I did not expect this program to positively impact me as much as it has. I am a firm believer that what you put into this world is what you get out. I have been given the chance to give out more love, compassion, happiness, etc., by being part of Bright Start.
2) What component of Bright Start do you most enjoy with your mentee?
The weekly themes. This aspect of the program truly makes us sit down and reflect together about all aspects of life. These lessons are meant to teach the mentee, but they are also teaching me. I enjoy this part of the program because it allows us to share stories and thoughts collectively and it helps strengthen our bond.
3) Favorite mentoring moment to date?
Simply when my mentee told me that she can't wait for our meetings every week. I don't think she even realized how much her saying that meant to me. This small statement sincerely touched my heart. It made everything worth it and it showed me that I was impacting her life.
4) In what ways has mentoring impacted your life?
Mentoring has impacted my life in multiple ways. One of the biggest takeaways from this program is that it has made me more aware. By this I mean that it has made me more aware of the situations around me, that what I do with my life has an impact somewhere or on someone. Therefore, I now strive for that impact to always be positive. I know that I am supposed to be a role model for my mentee, and I carry that with me in my daily actions.
5) Who are you when you're not changing the lives of our young learners?
Outside of this program I am just a normal girl in her 20s trying to navigate through life. I am a graduate student, an employee, an avid hiker, and a friend—to name a few. I am pursuing a career in teaching and hope to continue to impact the lives around me.