Kids are not bashful when it comes to saying what’s on their mind are they?
So today, I had a mentor scheduled to meet her mentee at 5pm. Being that this visit was originally scheduled for last Wednesday, the mentor checked with me early in the day to see if it was still a go. Contacted the grandma and a few hours later grandma responds by saying the youth is “not interested” anymore and doesn’t want a mentor. I had this one girl in mind and the mentor wanted some other profiles to look at. Mentor chooses the girl I had in mind, one who had 2 of her mentors bail on her since I’ve been with AFC. She’s a good kid too, not like she ran the mentors away. She’s was only 9 years old with a great smile.
So, we arrive at the home to introduce the 2 to each other. Its looking like they are clicking very well, smiling, and looking at pictures of the mentor’s dogs (youth likes dogs). Now comes the part where I put them on the spot and say, “I have a tough question for you too. I want you to think really hard” and then I pause for anticipation. I ask them if they want to make a 1 year promise to each other, to be friends and go places together. The girl then says, “You said that with the last 2 mentors also” and then she mentions them by name right in front of her new mentor. I had told this new mentor in advance that she had 2 people bail out on her already. The mentor’s response to the youth’s comment blew me away. She said how she was mentoring a boy for 2 years and how he just told her he wanted to stop, and there was also a girl the mentor was supposed to work with who also wanted to stop. The mentor said they didn’t stay with her, to which the youth responds, “I’ll stay/stick with you.” In that moment…yeh…what looked like another disappointment waiting to happen looked like a moment to have hope and trust again.
Then, I am getting ready to leave and the caregiver has a form she needs the mentor to fill out. One of the items on the form is the vehicle license plate. The mentor says that she needs to go outside and take a picture of it because she forgot her plate. I offer to do it…go out there, and to my surprise her plate said a reference for a Bible verse. I go back inside and look at the mentor confused, and comment on how I couldn’t believe how she forgot what her custom plate was. When she realized it, she said she just got that plate and that it was for a Bible verse in Philippians. As soon as she mentioned Philippians, the staff asked which verse. The mentor tried to remember the exact reference and I spoke up “4:6”. The staff was amazed and laughed, then pointed to the wall right next to us where that verse was printed on a piece of paper and posted on the wall. The exact same verse referenced on the mentor’s plate was the same verse hanging on the wall in the group home…the only verse I saw on the wall I saw.
To which I said, “Its a set up.”
Well, I have a good feeling about those 2…I mentioned while they were signing the promise form to each other that maybe they will do at least 2 years together, the youth smiled, and the mentor said “for life.”