When asked why she was interested in becoming a Big Sister, Ferron said that “I had a Big Sister when I was in elementary school, and that really influenced me. Now it’s my turn to give back”.
Ferron is a Grade 12 student at Ponoka Secondary Campus and this is her first year in the Teen Mentoring Program. The program is offered in cooperation with Alberta Education and the Alberta Mentoring Partnership. Students in grades 10 to12 from Ponoka Secondary Campus are provided with the opportunity to mentor a student from Ponoka Elementary School. The matches meet for one hour a week and enjoy playing games, making crafts and spending time together.
While Ferron and Kingston are still getting to know each other, they do enjoy playing in the gym, hanging out and decorating cookies. Watching Kingston and Ferron interact over decorating Christmas cookies, you would never have guessed they had just met for the first time only one month ago.
“Look at our cool cookies” Kingston says, proudly holding up his gingerbread man cookie.
When asked how he feels about being matched with Ferron, Kingston says “We do lots of fun stuff and Ferron is so nice to me.” Ferron says she is enjoying this experience so much already, and “wished she had started mentoring sooner.”
One hour a week is all it takes to make a difference in the life of a child.
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