Did you know that after a full year in our mentoring program, the mentor/mentee pairs attend a graduation to celebrate their accomplishments?  On Tuesday, we had a great graduation celebration with our Twin Cities pairs.  I have the honor of attending these celebrations and listening to the stories of the kids whose lives were changed by the program.  This graduation’s theme seemed to be all about kids learning to try new things.  We had kids who learned to canoe, to swim, to ski, to dive. These new skills were on top of their major accomplishments of running three 5Ks or biking 15+ mile rides. They also improved grades and social/emotional skills.

The mentors were beaming with pride at their mentees.  You could tell that real friendships developed.

Parents were also so thankful for the program. They talked of not knowing if they could trust the mentors or the program. But, they were glad they did and saw real, substantive change in their children.

Congratulations to all the mentors, mentees, and caregivers who finished their year with Bolder Options. We hope you’ll stay connected to our alumni program!

Do you want to be part of Bolder Options? Men and women are needed throughout the year. Find out more today! Or call me, I’m always happy to talk about mentoring with Bolder Options.

Heidi Mastrud, Advancement Director, 612-379-2653, @HeidiMastrud

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