Meet Bryan Jenkins and Marlo Wellman. Marlo, a 5 th grader at Restoration Academy and Bryan, his mentor, have been alongside each other for a year. Bryan and his wife are members at Valleydale Baptist and he has been involved with Restoration Academy for a few years but came to Aspire because his heart yearned for more personal involvement.
Their relationship started fast and not only have they spent a great deal of time together, but they have also gotten to know each others’ families. Bryan has enjoyed how God is using his mentoring experience to open up opportunities for him to learn and grow. Even though he has lived in Birmingham for 20 years he had never visited the Civil Rights Institute but had the chance to go during an Aspire planned event. Bryan loves how mentoring “gives him a breath of fresh air” and a chance to invest his time in something meaningful, all while learning and taking in a different culture.
Bryan is walking with Marlo during a challenging season of his life as his parents have separated and he has become disconnected with his father. It is times like these when mentors can make a huge difference in the life of youth through encouragement, affirmation and love.
We are excited to see Marlo and Bryan grow in their relationship!