I began serving as a mentor this past fall (September 2016). My mentee’s name is Kevin, and he is a 4th grader at Cornerstone Elementary School. I was not quite sure what to expect in my experience with Kevin, but I can now say that we’ve been a blessing to each other. I came into the program wanting to assist a young male in his growth and maturation, and the Aspire Movement has definitely provided me that opportunity in partnering me with Kevin because he has also assisted in my growth and maturation.
Kevin is an extremely intelligent kid. He made all A’s and one B in both grading periods last semester. Math was a little challenge for him the latter 9 week period, which is something I can relate to! He serves as a great mentor for his three younger sisters. Additionally, Kevin loves playing video games and eating spicy foods. During the Aspire Movement activity last fall at Pie Five Pizza, Kevin had the opportunity to make his own pizza that he topped with jalapenos and Sriracha sauce. Let’s just say it was even a little too spicy for him!
This past weekend, I was able to have lunch with Kevin and his step father. This was the first time I was able to have an extended conversation with his step father. There at the table were three African-American males from different age ranges interacting and talking about sports, God, school and situations in our lives where we’ve made missteps but realize we can use them as opportunities. We I entered into relationship with Kevin I had no idea it would lead to an open door to engage with his step father as well. Thank you Aspire Movement for this opportunity that is paying dividends to both myself and Kevin!
(Byron is married, has 3 young daughters and attends The Worship Center in Birmingham)