The celebration of empowering youth through mentoring continues during National Mentoring Month 2019. Mentor Christa, speaks about her mentoring experience.
After many years of donating clothing and supplies to Marygrove, Christa decided to become a mentor in 2018 to Karah, a 9-year-old resident in “Evergreen Cottage”. Although Karah is quick witted, very smart and kind to others, she has a tendency to become extremely reserved when upset or unable to have her way. Christa quickly began her efforts to help Karah identify alternative solutions to work through complicated situations. In their short time together, Christa has already noticed wonderful progression with Karah’s communication skills and the feeling of empowerment she receives when able to make positive decisions for herself.
“My time with Karah has changed my life immensely and really makes me think of things in a new perspective. I enjoy experiencing things with her that I haven’t done in a long time and seeing the excitement in her eyes while we do it. We enjoy going to the movies together, bowling, and we often go hiking in the park. She is not from St. Louis, so we spend time visiting “St. Louis” attractions like the Art Museum and the Zoo. Being her mentor is such a great use of my time and I am overjoyed to have Karah in my life!”