Mentor Stories

Mentors provide ongoing support, encouragement and access to new opportunities and ideas for our Scholars.
They are instrumental in our students' success.


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Matthew

"Mentoring through Sponsor-A-Scholar has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have been honored to become a part of two young people's lives. Both have graduated from college and are developing successful careers.  

I encourage everyone to become a mentor. Not only are you helping someone else, but you can also bring joy and a sense of fulfillment into your own life."

Matthew, mentor of Kolel and Jarell, Albany High School Class of 2012, Rochester Institute of Technology Class of 2016.


Amanda

"This experience has helped me to learn from someone else’s viewpoint. I’ve also learned about Jenesha’s culture and experiences, which are so different from my own. Jenesha and her family came to the United States from Guyana and have overcome huge challenges in the process."

Amanda, mentor of Jenesha, Schenectady High School Class of 2017, St. Lawrence University Class of 2021.

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from left, Justin, Naomi Ingalls, former Troy mentor coordinator, Travon, and Charlie Riccio, former Troy Academic Coordinator

from left, Justin, Naomi Ingalls, former Troy mentor coordinator, Travon, and Charlie Riccio, former Troy Academic Coordinator

Justin

"Most kids don’t need a ton of help--they just need a little time. Don’t be too quick to impose your idea of how things should be on your mentee. 

For me personally, it helped me gain a friend. We wouldn’t have known each other if not for Sponsor-A-Scholar. It changed both of our lives in the best way." 

Justin, mentor of Travon, Troy High School Class of 2011, and Morehouse College Class of 2015.