Updated: Jun 2, 2020
This January, I had an amazing opportunity to attend and speak at The National Mentoring Summit and this event took place in Washington, D.C. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget! I met so many amazing and inspirational people that are working to help provide mentors to as many teens as possible. It is so important to have mentors in your life so you can get help and motivation to succeed and achieve your dreams!
Speaking about my experience with mentors and how they have helped me discover a voice to use to make a difference and have helped shape who I am. CLICK THE PICTURE for a link to the video about my experience!
I was so excited to be invited to the 2020 National Mentoring Summit. The opportunity was unforgettable and I loved sharing my voice and ideas with others.
At the Summit, I attended a workshop about teen mentoring and also met with different mentoring campaigns. I then spoke in front an audience of 1,300 people about how mentoring is beneficial to girls like me!
Here at the summit, I spoke in front of an audience of 1,300 people that came to listen about the benefits of mentoring girls. I asked professional audience members questions about their thoughts on mentoring girls and listened to their educated responses. I also shared my personal experience of mentors who inspired me to find my voice and use it achieve my dreams and share ideas of how to make a difference in the world. Mentors are one of the main reasons why I was able to develop Choose To Be You!
During the Mentoring for Girls portion of the summit, I also had the amazing opportunity to listen to Aliyah Cooke and how she made an impact in her community with the help of older mentors who supported her. I also heard the voices of the inspiration women on the panel, which include Ashley Szofer, Jillian Green, Kristin Corpuz, Carolina Dominguez, and Nancy Deutsch. All of these women are currently mentors, whether it involves sports, STEM, teaching, music, or art, and the reason behind their success in their job or companies or hobbies are all due to the supportive mentors they have had in their lives. Another person I had the chance to meet and listen to was Melissa Richmond, the Vice President of Running Start. She shared her personal experiences and successes, that has been able to all happen because of mentoring.
The workshop that I attended was so helpful to Choose To Be You, as I learned how important it is for teens to have mentors. I also learned how teens can mentor teens, and this can be very resulting if done successfully. Run by Elycia Cooke, Friends First is the program that led the workshop, and I met so many inspirational people that were interested in Choose To Be You and offered helpful tips to improve it! My hope is that after this workshop, I have goal to start an after-school program for middle schoolers in my community, in which encourages the ideas of teen mentoring in order to make a difference in the world.
National Mentoring Summit 2020 Mentoring Girls
Above are some pictures of my experience at the Summit and if you click on the link below, you can find videos and more information about the Summit and footage from the event!