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In-School Mentor Cathy

I first heard about the Big Brothers Big Sisters In-School Mentoring Program at a church group meeting that I belong to. One of our members gave a presentation about the program and the message she gave seemed to hit the right cord with me. What could be nicer than spending one hour a week with astudent that was in need of a little friendship?
Within the next couple of weeksI found myself at the BBBS Office applying to become an In-School Mentor! To become an ISM you must go through an interview process and complete atraining course. It required very little time and once you have been approved into the program the only step left is to be set up with your student mentee.

I began working with my mentee in February 2004. Since we had a late start in the school year we spent most of our time together developing our relationship and getting to know each other and our likes and dislikes. I continue to work with my original match but this will be our final year together as Matt isin Grade 8.

The ISM program only operates at the elementary school age level. Throughout my two years experience with Matt we have had a few bugs to iron out in our relationship but we now both have the same expectations of our hour together and we have a ton of fun playing games and simply enjoying each other's company.

I wouldn't have missed this experience for the world and when Matt graduates and moves on to High School I hope that I have played animportant role in building his self-esteem and self-confidence. And, yes, I will definitely be waiting for another mentee to spend an hour a week with next year!

- Cathy Bitton - In School Mentor, 3 yrs