Mentoring: The extra mile

In addition to providing academic support, the Des Moines “I Have a Dream” Foundation works to pair each Dreamer with a long-term mentor who will serve as a positive influence in his or her life.

We’re lucky to have an amazing group of mentors who keep contact with the kids through acts as simple as driving them to school to make sure they arrive on time, to going out to sporting or theater events, to reading with them at “Books and Bagels”, to loading them up in an RV and taking them on a road trip adventure through the United States!

Yes, you heard that correctly. The Buckleys, longtime mentors to Javion, are going the literal extra mile(s) as mentors. They’ve embarked on a spring break trip that will take their family, plus Javion and his sister Jazmine, on an RV road trip from Des Moines to Kentucky and back. The trip includes stops at numerous landmarks and includes several days of camping, too. You can follow the adventures via the Buckley family’s travel blog!

We loved this photo that Brennan Buckley, Des Moines “I Have a Dream” Foundation board president, sent us as an update from the trip. Who did they run into at the arch but Mr. Calaway, Javion’s principal at Callanan Middle School!

Mr. Calaway and Javion at the Saint Louis Arch.

Remember how strange it was when you’d run into your teachers outside of the classroom when you were a kid? It’s true, they’re always watching. 🙂

Are you interested in becoming a mentor? We still have a few King Dreamers who are looking for a good match, and are always excited to collect names of people who are interested in getting involved when we adopt our next project. Contact the IHAD office for details.

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