Kids! of the Month
Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!
Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.
Amazing Kids! of the Month for March, 2004:
Amazing Young Mentors, Lauren and Cory Boldon;
Quotes of the Month:
"The [READY] program works, and we have improved it by adding a mentoring family-to-family component. The old saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child' is exactly what our concept is about."
all about understanding differences in culture, education, and life
experiences. Through this process we have become more mature, as
we see how this family lives and struggles. We have become part
of the solution to help this family move forward. I believe that
I have become a better person through volunteering. I appreciate
all I have and want to share it with others."
a special thrill you get from knowing that you've helped someone
improve their life. I believe this will help me when I grow up by
being better able to care for my own children and my parents and
grandparents, as they get older."
Cory Boldon, age 13
Amazing Kids! is pleased to announce our March
Amazing Kids! of the Month, two amazing
sister's from Minnesota, Lauren and Cory Boldon, who are mentoring and tutoring a needy family of brothers and sisters.
girls, along with their mother, created a new "family-to-family"
mentoring program as part of a local outreach program for needy
families in the inner city of Minnesota. Read their fascinating
story below, and who knows? You just may be inspired to recruit
your own siblings and parents to start your own mentoring program in
your own city!
The Boldon's: An Amazing Family of Volunteers and Mentors
amazing karate kids as well as amazing mentors!
Here is Lauren and Cory's amazing story, as told by their mother, Cheryl Boldon:
"Originally my daughter, Lauren, who is fluent in Spanish wanted to tutor Hispanic (Latino) children in foster care, since the inner city of Minneapolis has one of the largest growing Hispanic populations in the country. Lauren has an A+ average and Cory has a B average, so they would be competent tutors.
"I contacted Hennepin County about my daughters and I mentoring and tutoring a Hispanic sibling group in the social system. Since no such program currently existed, I did not hear back from them. Subsequently, I spoke with the head of the Ready Program for Youth, Dean Larson. He said that he would need to get Hennepin County Board approval for my daughters to participate and for us to mentor and tutor a sibling group. Currently, there were no programs for youth mentoring of any kind, nor for families mentoring other families.
"Once board approval was received, a sibling group of 8 was selected. We now work with 6 of the 8 siblings, ages 3-14. We have been working with this family, since June 2002. We see them on average 3 hours per week and more in the summer. We go to the library to study, to movies, Valleyfair Amusement Park, the Zoo, the Science Museum, Imax theater, the State Fair, clothes shopping, shopping for Christmas presents and school supplies, and always to eat, because most often the children have not been fed when we pick them up in the afternoon. We spend lots of time talking with them. They are like an extension of our family. We want them to succeed, and we love them. We have told them that we will be there, until every last one of them has graduated high school.
two of the young mentees who are mentored by Lauren and Corey
"I believe we have changed their lives for the better. Here are a few statistics regarding the Ready Program for Youth. 97% of teen female participants (12-17) do not become pregnant. 99% are not incarcerated. 96% have not had delinquent behavior, while in the program. 99.7% of all participants have not attempted suicide.
"The program works, and we have improved it by adding a mentoring family to family component. The old saying, 'It takes a village to raise a child' is exactly what our concept is about.
"Lauren said, 'It's all about understanding differences in culture, education, and life experiences. Through this process we have become more mature, as we see how this family lives and struggles. We have become part of the solution to help this family move forward. I believe that I have become a better person through volunteering. I appreciate all I have and want to share it with others.'
Wow! Way to go, Lauren and Cory! You truly are amazing!
Calling all amazing kids! If you, or a young person you know, has an amazing project you are involved in, or a special skill, talent or ability you want to tell the world about, be sure to let Amazing Kids! know about it! Simply complete a nomination form for an Amazing Kid! of the Month award, or email us!
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