Tehama County Mentoring Program’s Americorps*VISTA member, Suzanne Seesman, has been expanding the Cross Age Mentoring Program since she began her VISTA service year in December 2008. During that time, Red Bluff High School student Megan Brunello has become a well-respected and appreciated cross-age mentor. She has been mentoring for two years now at a SERRF program in Red Bluff. Suzanne caught up with Megan to learn more about her.
Suzanne writes: Megan Brunello is one of Tehama County Mentoring Program’s Cross-Age Mentors. She is a high school student who has shown a lot of dedication helping her mentee, a younger student in our community, learn and grow. Mentoring is only one of the several ways that Megan is active in and around Red Bluff and I wanted to know what motivates her to do well and be a young leader. At the end of this summer I had the chance to discuss mentoring with Megan and I wanted to let our readers of all ages in on the conversation.
Suzanne: Megan what is your favorite….
Movie: “The Family Stone”
Kind of music: country
Game or activity to do with your mentee: drawing
Megan, you have been mentoring for two years now. How did you find out about mentoring?
I found out about it in the bulletin at school.
What compelled you to become a mentor?
I like kids and I wanted to help out someone who needs my help.
What brought you back to mentoring after your first semester?
I really liked working with my mentee and seeing the kids learning, adapting and getting better at the things they’re working on.
Aside from mentoring what are some of the activities you’re into outside of school?
Swimming and 4H
What is your favorite subject in school?
Are you thinking about college?
What are you interested in studying?
Where would you like to go?
I’m not sure yet.
As a mentor your goal is to have a positive effect on a younger student’s life. You have definitely been a great mentor. Do you think being a mentor has had an effect on your life?
Yes. I think so. It helps me become better at talking to people. It helps me to get over being shy.
What advice, if any, would you give other high school students who are interested in mentoring?
I think mentoring is fun and is good for you. You get to work with kids and see how they work in their own environment. I think it’s a good experience.
Thank you for sharing your time and experience Megan!