Mentors on Mentoring by Vince Garcia

Jan 24, 2014

January is National Mentoring Month! Casa Chirilagua has over 40 incredible mentors who each give their time and energy every week to one unique student. Throughout this month we’ll be sharing what some of our mentors have to say about mentoring with Casa Chirilagua.

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Mentors on Mentoring by Vince Garcia

I became a Casa Chirilagua mentor because… I believe in giving back through my mentee, learning more about myself by advocating for my mentee and figuring out how to be a more giving individual.

The best part about being a Casa Chirilagua mentor is… the bond and growth in relationship between my mentee and I. We have known each other for almost 2 years now and it’s been wonderful hanging out with him, teaching him and just speaking with him.

The coolest thing my mentee has taught ME is… re-learning what it means to enjoy the simpler things and remembering childhood through our relationship. So often we get too caught up with our own life that we forget there is so much we can give back with so little effort.

– Vince


Casa Chirilagua is always looking for more mentors! When you mentor a child, two lives are changed. Please consider getting to know one of the 18 students on our current waiting list. Download our FAQs here then email Adriana Gomez, Mentoring Director (, to get started.

If you’re already a mentor with Casa Chirilagua or another organization, encourage a friend or family member to become a mentor during National Mentoring Month by sharing your story or our posts on Facebook and Twitter.

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