Who: Laura Tello
Role: Bright Start Mentor
Mentor Since: October 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?
My motivation is to help young children learn to truly believe in themselves. To help them understand their potential and ability to achieve their dreams and goals.
2) What component of Bright Start do you most enjoy with your mentee?
Being with my mentees is extremely fun! The best part is the friendship we have developed. I enjoy starting our mentoring session knowing that we are there to have fun, learn, and grow together as individuals. Watching the boys come into the library and seeing how dedicated they are to our sessions is very rewarding. I can see their dedication to the program and their effort to work along with me and each other.
3) Favorite mentoring moment to date?
My favorite mentoring moment to date is when we went to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. It was fun, educational, and an overall great experience with the whole family.
4) In what ways has mentoring impacted your life?
Mentoring has impacted my life in unexpected ways. I started with the simple intention of giving back to the community, but have ended up with rewarding experiences which have helped me grow as an individual as well. The boys' dedication and the effort inspires me to do better myself. The activities we do with them have applied to my personal life as well. I have become more motivated and excited to pursue my dreams, so that I can show the boys that it is possible to achieve one's dreams.
5) Who are you when you're not changing the lives of our young learners?
Outside of the mentoring program, I am a full-time child development student at California State University, Fullerton, and a part-time kindergarten instructional assistant.