I have been busy this week matching the waiting youth with the Mentors that are coming to our program. This has been the most enjoyable part of my job so far. The Mentors really get excited about the youth that I think will be a good fit for them. They start asking me if I think the Mentee will choose them, if they would like this or that, and the plans they are already making.
I attended the showing of Resilience last Thursday evening. It is a documentary on the study done regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). It found that children who experience trauma during childhood impacts their health throughout their life and is actually embedded in their DNA. The documentary emphasizes that human are resilient and for children, many times it's one person that can make the difference. One person who cares. One person who asks 'How are you?'. One person that says, ‘Hey, you can do this’ that can really make a difference for a child. Are you that one person?
Children who experience trauma are not the only ones who can benefit from another caring adult. All children, all people, can benefit from someone who cares. Sometimes it's as simple as a smile, asking how they are doing? Sometimes it's more, being a consistent friend.