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Making an Impact

Since I was in Girl Scouts, I have had a passion for volunteering and giving back to the community.

I also was involved in standing up for social causes.

I remember my grandmother telling me not to speak to anyone, and the next day she would be reading the newspaper, and there I was being quoted. I would smile and tell her I loved her.

So you might wonder where am, I going with this topic today.

While working down in Miami for a major insurance company, I had the opportunity to mentor teenage mothers.

Each volunteer was assigned a high school student to mentor.

Every month their bright teenagers would spend 1 with their mentors.

We would present topics such as job interviewing, dressing for success, and various other topics.

At the end of the program, each student had to write an essay on their experience.

I recently found the letter my mentee wrote.

I am protecting her privacy by not sharing her name.

As I re-read these words, I felt a sense of joy.

No am not famous, but to my mentee, it mattered that I was there for her.

Listening matters

Validation matters

Volunteering matters

Verbal communication matters

Commitment matters

We were not allowed to keep in contact with the mentee once the program was over, but one day she called me, and I did speak with her.

She had an urgent situation.

I listened and then pointed her in the right direction.

I pray she has completed and continued to reach her goals and passion.

I hope you have the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life.

It's the best feeling in the world.

Each of my experiences has shown me part of my purpose, and my life has a purposeful direction.

I would love for you to share your experience(s)

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