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When I started working for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah (BBBSU), I saw quickly how providing mentors for children facing adversity made a big difference. But I never realized how so many of us have taken for granted this gift of a parent, teacher or boss as a mentor.
My dad was my greatest mentor, believing in me, even though I challenged him constantly. He helped me to do the right thing even though I thought I always knew best. He pointed out when I wronged someone, brainstormed my college essay with me, and celebrated my promotions at work with me.
Many BBBSU kids don't have anyone to guide them in the right direction. I took my mentor for granted. Some of these kids have none.
As National Mentoring Month comes to a close, I ask everyone to please consider being a mentor. We have 400 kids on our waiting list. You will change a child's life for the better, forever.
It doesn't matter how old you are or if you have a Ph.D. Please consider this life-changing opportunity and visit http://www.bbbsu.org. Every child deserves to have someone believe in them.