Who are they?
Each Pay It Forward Scholar is mentored by a community leader throughout their college years. Our mentors often come to us through the recommendations of past or current mentors.
The role of our mentors is to help empower and guide. Each scholar meets with his or her assigned mentor at least once per month to gain inspiration and practical advice. Mentors help their scholar learn how to manage time, set priorities, navigate the new world of the university, and access resources to help them succeed. These relationships yield lifelong dividends for both scholar and mentor.
“Mentoring within the Pay It Forward program has given me the unique opportunity to establish a meaningful relationship and to be a positive impact for my mentee. It brings me sincere joy to allow him the space to grow, but provide a helping hand or thought when needed. It’s about being invested in the mentee’s successes and failures and focus on his development throughout his college career.”
There are no adequate words to express my overwhelming gratitude to be a part of the Pay It Forward Program for the last six years; the last five of which I have had the opportunity to serve as the Chair of the Scholarship Selection Committee and as a mentor to now two mentees...Being able to witness and experience the drive, motivation and passion of the young people who make up this program, continually gives me faith in our future generations and hope that we can all make a difference in our community and our world, one life at a time. I am humbled by the opportunity to serve in this manner, and am continuously reminded of how fortunate we are to have this program – this vehicle of change – active and vital in our area.
Four years ago, my mentee began an exciting journey to make himself a graduate of CSUMB, with a vision to obtain a degree in computer science which later would culminate into a degree in information technology. The journey had its bumps in the road but my mentee’s fortitude and the support from the Pay It Forward program paved the way to his future. This mentee will now pursue a master’s degree in information technology from one of the more prestigious universities that specializes in that field. My mentee had a “vision” to persevere through all the disappointments and obstacles that university life laid in front of him. Pay It Forward was designed to level the playing field for the disadvantaged student who had little prior support mechanisms.