Today's "Share the Love" Feature: Brian Jordon, Mentee and Jim Woods, Mentor

Below you'll hear from Brian Jordon (mentee) and Jim Woods (mentor):

Mentee Perspective:
Being a part of this program has meant more to me than most will ever know. I have been a part of the mentoring program since August of 2009 and it has only gotten better. I have learned so many wonderful things and it has helped me with my own identity, self-confidence as well as setting goals for myself. The program has been more so of a God sent to me, especially my mentor Mr. Jim. He has been a major part of my life and he is a positive male role model that any young can look up to. It has been more than just a mentor and mentee relationship, he made me a part of his family and he became a part of mine. From day one I felt like Mr. Jim and Ms. Kellogg really cared about how I did in school every day. 

Having that extra helping hand has been a great thing because sometimes I take constructive criticism better from him than my parents. The drive and passion I have for life now is because of my parents but also from being a part of this program and Mr. Jim coming and pushing me to be a better person, a better man and just a better me in general. Before I joined the program I was somewhat of a shy person but now I can talk to anyone, anywhere because being a mentee has placed me in a diverse group where I had to speak up. Being mentored has opened my eyes to a lot of things such as being able to try new things that I would’ve never done before. For example, when we went up to the cabin the activities such as hiking are experiences that I would not have tried. The old me would’ve never walked up a mountain and through a waterfall like that but now I wish I could do it all over again. Mentoring means the opportunity to meet a person who can positively change your life, your views and your destiny. I am truly grateful for being selected to participate. 

-Brian Jordon, Mentee

Mentor Perspective:
When Beverly McAfee approached me about becoming a mentor with MFL, I agreed to do it with a great deal of reservation because of the time involved and the fact that was going to invest not only my time, but my emotions in someone that I didn't have a clue about. I agreed in spite of my instincts to say no because, well, because you don't say no to "Mimi"!

What a great decision! I have been blessed in so many different ways by my involvement with MFL, but the greatest blessing has been the opportunity to get to know and develop a relationship with my "mentee Brian Jordon". The truth of the matter is that I honestly feel I have received every bit as much FROM our relationship as I have put into it, probably more. Brian, and to some degree his Mom, Keasha, have become extended members of our family, and have added a new and interesting dynamic into our family life.

What I expected to be a "chore" has become an incredible blessing and a source of fun and fellowship with an outstanding young man. I would urge anyone to seriously consider becoming involved with MFL in some capacity - you will be blessed beyond measure!"

- Jim Woods, Mentor

This month, YOU can help us "Share the Love" to honor Mrs. Marge Kellogg as she retires.
Click on the images below to GIVE to a scholarship fund in her name or WRITE her a note of appreciation.

If you prefer to mail your donation to the scholarship fund or your letter to Mrs. Kellogg, simply mail to our address below.

Marietta Mentoring for Leadership
1171 Whitlock Ave
Marietta, GA 30064
For donations to the scholarship fund by mail, please write "Ms. K Scholarship Fund" in the memo line of the check. Thank you!