As part of National Mentoring Month, today is “I Am a Mentor Day.” We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to feature one of our more than 300 volunteer mentors who dedicate themselves weekly to inspiring low-income students to attend and graduate from college. Brian Naumick, a Project Executive at Clark Construction, shares how being a CPE mentor is as much a growth experience for him as it is for his mentee Daniel, a high school student.
What motivated you to become a mentor with CPE?
The chance to make a difference in becoming a long-term friend and guide to someone seeking that partnership.
Tell us, what does mentoring in real life mean to you?
Being there. That may mean math homework one day, advice another, and just a friend to hang out with and listen another.
How has your relationship with Daniel affected you?
I have been amazed how mature Daniel is in conversation and with how he carries himself every day. His energy and attitude are a great reminder for me to stay positive and apply myself in everything I do. Daniel is always present in the moment, and in that respect, I find myself learning from him.
What impact do you think your relationship has had on Daniel?
A chance for a unique outlet and opportunity to hear honest feedback from someone who remembers the fun and challenges preparing for college and the business world.
Who were your mentors growing up, and what did they mean to you?
Growing up, I participated in a youth group at my church. Each year we participated in a Habitat for Humanity trip. I learned a lot from our group leaders and the older students who were always a positive influence and provided friendship, guidance, and acted as strong role models.