This week The Kids Network caught up with Eric to check in with how he was feeling about becoming a mentor. A man of few words, we managed to get a glimpse into what makes him want to join the movement.
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Why did you want to get involved a become a mentor?
I liked the idea of a new start up charity. The children they are trying to work with, it’s an age which you can make a real difference and I really want to be part of it.
What has your experience been like so far?
I had my introduction meeting with my mentee about two weeks ago, it was interesting! He wasn’t very keen on making eye contact! I think he was just shy. I’m hoping that when we have our first session this weekend so we can break the ice, play a bit of football, talk a bit about Arsenal – he’s clearly got some good taste.
Tell us more Eric. Do you have any hopes, fears or feelings?
I’m most excited about getting to know my mentee, just sharing some time. I want to share some of my experiences and understand his. Ultimately being able to make a positive difference.
Of course I’m nervous about him STILL not making eye contact with me! Our first meeting was only 10 minutes which must be quite intimidating. I’m just looking to take it slow and hope that it goes well.
What would you say to anyone thinking about volunteering with the Kids Network?
Just do it! It’s really hard to imagine what it’s going to be like. None of our (mentors) experiences have been the same so far but if you are keen to work with children or make a positive difference just give it a go and see where it takes you.