“Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor” -Leilah Gifty Akita
Meet Betty Hecker, one of our Red Lodge area mentors, volunteer extraordinaire, and all around wonderful person:
Why I Mentor Interview
NAME: Betty Hecker
- How long have you been a mentor?
I am in my third year of mentoring.
- What made you want to be a mentor?
I like to stay in touch with young people and thought it would be fun.
- If you had a mentor when you were in middle school, what might that have done for you?
Not sure, I would have liked talking to an adult who just listened.
- What are the most interesting things you and your mentee talk about?
We both read a book together last year, “Far From the Tree” written by Robin Benway, we talked about the book, what we liked and did not like. The book was about 3 teenagers, 2 adopted and one in foster care, that discover they are half siblings. We also talk about music and traveling, my mentee loves Australia so we talk about what is found in Australia.
- What’s your favorite part of mentoring?
Seeing my mentee do well at school and seeing her around town happy.
- Why would you recommend someone else become a mentor?
Everyone can benefit from another caring adult in their lives, mentors provide that and it is a way to keep in touch with the younger generation.
- What kinds of peer relationship issues do you see when you visit the school (not only with your mentee but with the other students you observe?
I see some teasing and having fun, I have not observed anything more serious such as bullying or acting out. Joking around, a little bumping, but nothing too physical or hurtful.
- How do you think we can help the students learn what healthy peer relationships should look like?
Showing respect for others, talking about why people are different and how we can interact with lots of different people, and talking about how we want to be treated and how we should treat others.
If you would like more information about the Red Lodge area Mentoring Program, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org