As a kid, there were a lot of things I dreamt of being when I grew up:
Writer. Director. Rock star hype girl. (You just have to see me rock out with my locs flying on stage. You just have to!)
Ironically, though, despite being blessed with so many great mentors in my life, not once did it ever cross my mind that I would one day become one.
Fast forward to today.
Gifted not with children of my own, I have been volunteering with Write Girl Los Angeles since October. The overachiever that I am, of course, I chose to teach creative writing in a detention camp where I felt the girls needed me the most.
The experience has been difficult at times, but life-transforming beyond measure. And I wouldn’t trade my time with these girls for anything in the world.
That being said, I challenge you to mentor a child, Fam. Support and guide them in the way that you, too, were supported and guided.
Whether you decide to mentor through an organization such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America or you choose to help a child in your church or neighborhood, commit to paying it forward today.
Trust, I know you have families of your own. And you’re all busy. And money is extremely tight.
But your time, Fam?
That’s truly the only gift a child needs. 🙂