For mentoring stories, click on the photos below.
It only takes one person to make a difference in a young persons life.
Is that person you?
It bears repeating: what makes FOS most unique are the mentoring relationships our volunteers develop with students.
FOS pairs each student with a volunteer mentor to help them attain their goal of a college education.
Our mentors assist students to find their strengths, talents and abilities, to believe in themselves, and in turn, to envision the life they hope to lead.
Mentors are there to listen, for students to talk to about whatever challenges or concerns they may be facing, and help them develop life skills to navigate this transitional stage of life.
Mentors provide guidance so that students can identify what steps they need to take to achieve the career of their choice, and create attainable goals to meet the academic requirements to get there.
Mentors also help students connect to other resources in their communities to help them further attain their ambitions – making a big difference in our students’ lives.
As you'll see in the mentoring stories linked above above, the relationships formed in FOS between mentors and students often lead to lifelong friendships as well.
Do you think you'd like to be a mentor?
Mentors in My Life
By Rebecca Leach
FOS graduate Rebecca Leach shares her growing perspective as she transitions from student to mentor herself.
She received her BA in Communications in 2008 from California State University San Marcos and is now the Southern Region Policy Coordinator for a child welfare advocacy organization California Youth Connection.