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MentoringMonthSuccessStory CatholicCharitiesDioceseofPueblo NationalMentoringProgram WrittenbyClaudiaDonnelly,ProgramCoordinator InearlyNovemberourprogrammatchedAlison,amentor,withamenteeinAvondale,COjustoutside ofPueblo,CO.AlisoniscurrentlyanemployeeatCatholicCharitiesDioceseofPuebloafterhavingbeen afulltimevolunteerfortwoyearswithouragency.AlisonisanativeofAvondaleandwhengiventhe chancetomentorayouthshequicklyenrolledinourmentoringprogram.Avondalehasapopulation lessthan700peopleandanunemploymentrateof21.8%,muchhigherthanthestateaverage. OurprogrampartneredwiththeBoysandGirlsClubofPuebloCounty.Wecurrentlyhavefivematches inourprogramthatarespreadoutoverthreeBoysandGirlsClubs.Alisonsmenteewasanolderyouth attendingtheclub.Alisonwasmatchedwithafemalementeethatwasbeingraisedbyasinglefather. Sheneededafemalerolemodelwhoshecouldtalkto.Hermenteewasalsolookingforsomeoneto guideherandhelpherhaveagoodfuture.Shewasalsostrugglinginmathatschool.

. ThematchbetweenAlisonandhermenteehasalreadyshownsignsofsuccessintheshorttimethey havespenttogether.Alisonhaslearnedtomanagebeingafulltimeemployeewhilementoringand continuestodriveouttoAvondaleeveryweektomentorhermenteeattheBoysandGirlsClub.Alison enjoysreturningtoherhometowntohelpayouthandshareherownexperiences.Hermenteehas raisedhermathgradeandistryingoutforbasketball. Ourprogramishelpingreducepovertybygivingfiveyouthlivinginimpoverishedareas,manyliving withoutadultrolemodels,anopportunitytobesupportedandguidedbymentorsthathavehadmuch successintheirownlives.OurpartnershipbetweenCatholicCharitiesandtheBoysandGirlsClubis expandingwhoouragencycanhelpandprovideservices.Thismentoringprogramisanextensionofthe Catholicidentityofouragencyofpartneringwithagenciesinthecommunitytoserveothers.Our agencyprovidesaholisticapproachtoservicesprovidedandbyincludingmentoringwecanbetterserve ourcommunity. Otherscanhelpourprogrambyshowingsupporttoourmentorsandmentees.Wearealsoalways lookingfordonationsorpassestodifferentactivitiesforourmentorsandmenteestoattendasagroup. AllsocialmediaforouragencyishandledbyourCommunication&DevelopmentOfficer:JimmyDiIorio, 7195868613,jdiiorio@pueblocharities.org. LikeusonFacebookatwww.facebook.com/ccpuebloorfollowusonTwitterCCPueblo CoordinatorContactinformation:ClaudiaDonnelly,7195868629,cdonnelly@pueblocharities.org