When I joined DCFYI, I was looking for a volunteer experience that would allow me to work with teens. I was hoping to build community at the same time. I was drawn to DCFYI because the program provides structure and creates situations that allow for relationships to naturally develop. It also allows you to dive in or dip your toe in the water. I wanted to be thoughtful about the commitment I was making, and DCFYI gave me the space and the opportunities to persist until I met my match. I am thankful that I was able to participate in events and get to know many of the teens before being matched.
I had been attending group events for about a year when I finally met my mentee match. My mentee has a quiet strength that drew me to her. We continue to attend events while building our relationship. I am excited to support her as she makes her transition to college -- she is an inspiration.