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August 25, 2020

Mentoring in the COVID Era

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our Professional Mentors are working full-time to find innovative ways to support our children. They’re finding that video chats, while a poor substitute for in-person mentoring, can also be illuminating.

Mentor Cedric had tried many times to reach Jonathan since the sheltering order came down when Jonathan called him one morning, overjoyed to reconnect. After Cedric explained how to use the phone’s camera, Jonathan darted around the apartment showing Cedric the nooks and crannies of each room (most of which Cedric had never visited). All the while, they kept up a dialogue about reading, writing and healthy eating.

The call was a joyous reunion for both, and a stark realization for Cedric – Jonathan’s tour revealed for the first time how little food this family of five had in the house. Cedric immediately began compiling a list of resources for Jonathan’s mother to contact to obtain the food her family needs, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic but for the next 12+ years.

Now more than ever, our children need their Professional Mentors and Friends of the Children–SF Bay Area needs your support!

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