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Robbi & Jackie

Posted by Friends for Youth | Posted on September 9, 2013 | 0 comments

Friendship Stories: Robbi & Jackie JACKIE'S STORY   I was matched with my Sr. Friend when I was 13.  I wasn’t sure what a mentor would do for me, but I went along with it.  In our first year Robbi and I built our friendship by having fun together.  We took trips to a ...

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John, Lisa, & Jim

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Friendship Stories: John, Lisa & Jim When 12-year-old John was asked to describe his mentoring friendship with Senior Friends Jim and Lisa, he replied, “It’s cool.” “I would give it two thumbs up,” he added.     Since being matched in April of 2005, John and his Senior Friends have gone on walks, shared meals, ...

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Rob & RJ

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Friendship Stories: Rob & RJ RJ’s STORY   I always had problems.  I was 11 when I found out my dad was seeing other women.  We moved many times, and my mom and dad argued.   I remember waking up one morning to my mom arguing with my dad.  My mom opened my door ...

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Lisa & Pedro

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Friendship Stories:  Lisa & Pedro   [three_fifth padding="0 10px 0 10px"] Two years ago, Pedro was facing challenges at home, at school, and in the community. A teacher, who recognized his need for an ongoing, positive, and caring adult in his life, referred him to Friends for Youth. "I was a wannabe," the now ...

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Katie & Elizabeth

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Friendship Stories:  Katie & Elizabeth   Shortly after Elizabeth was matched with Katie her home residence became unstable. This meant a lot of bouncing around, a lot of uncertainty, and for a short time, living away from her mother. No doubt that this chaotic disruption was made a bit easier with a ...

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Hugh & Jonathan

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Friendship Stories:  Hugh & Jonathan   Hugh & Jonathan had their friendship picture taken in 2005 (the year they were matched) and again in 2010--after five years of friendship!     Hugh and Jonathan decided to interview each other for this article. Hugh: Jon and his sister Jessica were paired with me and my wife, Petra. We ...

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Alan & Rodrigo

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Friendship Stories:  Alan & Rodrigo                         When Alan and Rodrigo were matched four years ago Rodrigo was in eighth grade and at risk of not reaching his full potential due to the challenges he was facing at school. This spring Rodrigo graduated from ...

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Bob & Jeff

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Friendship Stories: Bob & Jeff     Jeff Day was matched in the Friends for Youth program nearly 15 years ago with Senior Friend Bob Lupient. They first met in October of 1996, when Jeff was 12.  At that time, Jeff recalls, he struggled with the challenge of having an incarcerated parent and didn’t ...

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Jennifer & Iliana

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Friendship Stories: Jennifer & Iliana Junior Friend Iliana's Story   About four years ago, when I was 12, I used to be happy. I had a good family...we were like any other family.  But then, my older sister got pregnant at 14.  This was one of the biggest impacts that happened in my life.   This ...

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Jessica & Esmeralda

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Friendship Stories: Letters from Jessica & Esmeralda Esmeralda's Story Esmeralda was 14 and constantly in trouble at school.  At the recommendation of her counselor, she came to Friends for Youth and was matched with her Senior Friend Jessica.  This is a letter she wrote to Jessica.   Dear Jessica, I want to take my time and ...

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