To celebrate the final day of National Mentoring Month, we’re sharing the story of Kim and Jasmine, who were matched up through our GoodGuides Youth Mentoring Program.
Seventeen-year-old Jasmine came to Goodwill last summer hoping to find help writing her resume and training for a job through the Youth Job Connection. One thing she didn’t expect to find? A life-changing relationship that would lead her to a job—and so much more.
Wilson was one of the first teens to sign up for the GoodGuides Youth Mentoring Program, which matches youth ages 14 to 17 with mentors who help them set education and career goals. When she met Kimberly Gray, a mother of four who is a full-time student with a full-time job, she knew it would be a perfect match. “She looked like she would give good advice,” Wilson said.
Wilson and Gray have spent at least one hour per week together since they first met. They shop, eat, talk and take frequent trips to the library. “I try to help share things that she may not otherwise experience,” Gray said. GoodGuides also offers career exploration events for mentors and mentees, like trips to Microsoft or the Charlotte Bobcats to learn about career options in different fields.
And, with Gray’s help, Wilson landed her first job as a food server at a local assisted living facility. “She has helped me so much,” Wilson said. “I know I can rely on her for anything.”