This past week we volunteered to help raise money for a great charity – Youth at Risk. The power of this charity is that it teams up an adult mentor with a teenager who is struggling to stay on track. At the fundraiser, a woman stood up and shared her story about how 19 years ago she was a struggling young teenager. She was into drugs, hanging with the wrong crowd, failing out of school and she saw no hope for her own future.
Luckily someone knew of Youth at Risk and they convinced her to get into the program. There she met a mentor that helped change her life. Her mentor shared her own experiences, gave her the support and love that was so badly needed, and showed her that there was hope and there was a way to achieve her goals.
Today, 19 years later she is still in touch with her mentor and she is still touched by the experience. She is a successful woman.
This whole experience made me think. Why don’t we all reach out to someone at work, in our neighborhood, in our family, or anywhere and provide some mentoring? In a changing world, where we are often working alone and just trying to survive, it’s too easy to forget to reach out and help someone else.
In my many years in the fire service if there’s one thing I learned its that helping others is a great way to re-energize ourselves.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer