Every other month, we shine the spotlight on a new Mountain Mentor who's making a difference in the life of a Summit County child or teen.
Mentor: Holli Everson
Holli mentors Hector
What led you to become a Mentor?
I chose to get involved with the Mentor program because I was looking for ways I could give back to my community. I was looking at volunteering options and remembered a person I used to work with was a mentor and felt it was such a great program. I wanted to do something that was new to me, as well, so I can also learn and grow from the experience.
What do you enjoy most about being a Mentor?
What I enjoy most about being a mentor is seeing the positive effects it can have. It's fun, and watching my mentee grow and improve and open up has been a great reward.
How does mentoring fit into your life?
Mentoring fits into my life because I have a flexible job, so I am able to work things out so we can spend time together, and I can join the fun events we do as a group, such as BBQs or Elitch Gardens.
What is a favorite activity you have done as a Mentor?
My favorite thing that Hector and I do together is go down to the lake to skip rocks and play frisbee. We love to be outside together. We also enjoy the outdoor activity because then my dog, Zuma, can go along and he and Hector get along great! We are looking forward to sledding in the snow this winter.
Do you have advice for someone who is considering becoming a Mentor?
I think if someone is considering becoming a Mentor, they should speak with someone who already is a mentor. I was a little apprehensive at first. Some children are shy and it can take a while for them to open up, but when they do, it is incredibly rewarding. We are all here to work together. I too, have learned about myself and grown throughout the experience.
Holli & Hector
What do you like best about having a Mentor?
“What I like best about having a mentor is that we do a lot of fun things together. We go to the park and play frisbee and walk dogs too.”
What do you appreciate most about your son’s mentor?
She is so kind to him and she always makes him feel good about himself. He is not too good with people but Holli makes him feel comfortable and he trusts her. She is the best!