Special and sad youth interview today at 3:15pm.
So I get an application for a 10 year old boy in a group home to get a mentor. His application that was filled out by his case manager says that he “is obsessed with health” and is “athletic”.
Before leaving for the interview with him I notice 2 similarities. 1) There was a 14 year old boy in Buckeye who I had matched with a mentor (mentorship ended according to what the boy said was due to home staff not returning mentor’s calls/something like that) who lived at this same home as the 10 year old I was going to interview. I matched this 14 year old back in October last year
2) I have met the home manager at his own residence before where he is fostering other children
I get to the house and go inside. As I am signing in, this youth (14 year old that I haven’t seen since October) walks in the house and says “Hi Jeff!” That in itself is humbling and blew me away. He remembered me.
I’m interviewing the 10 year old and he is very apprehensive. He was accidentally told I was there for adoption services. He kept telling me he didn’t want to go anywhere. I had to re-emphasize a couple times that I wasn’t taking him anywhere, just interviewing him for a mentor. I had to explain what a mentor was a couple times as well. So, he’s in a group home with 4 other youths, does not have any visits with his parents, but used to. He told me in the interview that he wants the home manager to adopt him . When he gets older, he wants to be a track runner or football player. He has a very awesome placement that supports his passions because they take him to his track meets every other Saturday. He is part of a USA track travel club that competes regularly and has some medals. I took one look at him and realized he would probably beat me in a sprint easily. He’s a great kid. For fun he likes to play sports, play on a tablet, go to Peter Piper, watch movies, and go to arcades.
When I asked him what he likes best about himself he said “I don’t know”
Here’s this awesome track youngster and he needs a mentor. Who’s ready to change a life?