They gather every week to speak into the lives of students. Bringing expertise from their own "real world" experience; men and women who do more than just teach a few lessons on character, play games, or help students figure out how to navigate through their academic programs, peer pressure, or family issues. These mentors touch lives in very real and personal ways.
One of the exciting ministries serving the schools in the local area is called Teach One to Lead One (T1L1). T1L1is a community mentoring program that teaches universal principles to lead at-risk kids into a life of purpose and potential. Started in the Vancouver, T1LI has been training and equipping volunteer mentors since 2009 with the goal of developing youth into leaders of integrity.
Marc Logan is charged with the responsibility of leading the effort locally. The Vancouver chapter has graduated over 750 students since it began and continues to expand its reach to more schools and the juvenile court in Clark County. T1L1 is actively mentoring students at five public schools during the 2016-2017 school year. Every day, mentors bring principles directly into the classrooms that need it most. Within the next 18 months they hope to bring this model to school districts across the river in the greater Portland area.
Started by Dr. Lori Salierno, who grew up as a pastor's kid in Vancouver, T1L1 is based in Atlanta, GA but rapidly expanding across the country. The goal of the program is to expose students to highly motivated adults in their community that help the students develop the character traits and habits that will lead to future success.
At their annual breakfast held last month, school district personnel, business leaders, donors and parents heard firsthand reports from students who have been benefited by their participation in this program. A common theme noted in each of these presentations was the impact that these mentor relationships had on the students even outside of the weekly T1LI gathering. The mentors become like family members to the students, developing a bond that will far outlast the school years. The impact of these relationships was evident, both in the students and in the mentors themselves.
"Teach One to Lead One ranks right up there as one of the best programs I have ever seen in my 37 year career in law enforcement." Chuck Atkins, CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF
"It is nice to know that people in the community care about my future." Courtney, STUDENT IN CLARK COUNTY, WA
The goal of T1L1 is to help students find their purpose and potential. If the results unveiled at the recent breakfast gathering is any indication, they are doing something much more than that......they are changing to face of the community around them......one life at a time!
For more information please visit their website.