The Importance of Friendship
To us, a friend is more than just someone who isn’t against you. A friend is someone who is there for you all the time. A friend is someone who will share their life with you and stick with you for the long haul. In Youth Programs, we take friendship seriously. We know that friendships take work, time, and appreciation.
For effective mentoring to happen, there must be at least 12 months of uninterrupted relationships. If you do it right, mentorship becomes friendship. We hope that as our volunteers and mentors pour out their lives for the youth that they youth are pouring back into them. We hope that when people come to provide help and assistance that they find belonging and welcome as well. For this to happen, stability and consistency are key. We can’t do any of it without set program hours, a consistent influx of resources, and a stable place to meet.
That’s why we want to take a minute to appreciate some of YP’s best friends- our monthly donors. They help us overcome one of the greatest barriers in youth programming anywhere- consistency. We are so lucky to have a base of people that love us and cheer for us in what we do. They may not be with us every day handing out snacks and helping with homework, but we couldn’t do any of it without them. They are our quiet cheerleaders who often aren’t seen, but are so incredibly crucial to all that we do.
Thank you, monthly donors, for your sustaining friendship and for all the friendships you have supported.
We so appreciate you!