Last week I was privileged to visit a group of mentors who spend the year investing in students at East Tech High School in Cleveland, Ohio. The commitment was impressive. People who have jobs, and families, and lives leave those things behind for around an hour a week. In the session, there was an uninterested student struggling to believe in himself; and there were celebrations of two older kids announcing their acceptance to college.
There were two ends of a spectrum, one at the beginning of this mentoring journey and two at the victorious end.
This kind of work is long and takes great commitment, patience, and love. As much as I love to think in terms of systems and process and structures, it’s these kind of relationships that make a difference.
If you want to make a difference, it’s about relationships. One at at time.