YWCA GirlsFirst Mentors are changing the future–and themselves

The YWCA GirlsFirst mentoring program is home to some of our organization’s most dedicated volunteers.  We recently sat down with mentor Esperanza Borboa and mentee Luz Victoriano, a tenth grader at Evergreen High School, and asked them to tell us about their experiences together. 

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Why did you become a mentor?

Esperanza: I was at dinner with a group of friends, talking about the need for mentors and guidance to young women of color. So I did some research and found GirlsFirst. I decided to be the guinea pig and report back on my experience to my friends.

What kind of activities do you and Luz do together?

E: We meet up at least once or twice a month; it depends on Luz’s schedule. We do lots of different things: go to movies, workshops; we went to see Luis Rodriguez at Town Hall.

Luz, were you excited to have a mentor?

Luz: When I went into the first meeting in September, I didn’t know what to expect. I just hoped I would get someone good! And I wound up getting the best mentor.

What have you learned from each other?

L: I’ve learned so many things. Espy tells me I can have anything I dream, I just have to work hard for it. She’s helped me so much with school. Ever since I started GirlsFirst, my grades have gone up. I want to get a 4.0 this year and I’m only five points away!

E: She makes me more humble. Being a mentor makes you reflect on what you’re saying. If I tell her something, then I have to believe it and live it. So you change too. You both become better people.

What would you tell one of your friends now about becoming a mentor?

E: I’m really glad that I did this… It just feels like [Luz is] another family member. I know we will see each other, even after this is over.

If you’re searching for an opportunity to grow personally while serving as an ally to a young woman, consider attending a GirlsFirst Mentoring informational session .  Details about our next session are below–join us to learn more about becoming a GirlsFirst mentor!

June 13 from 6–7 p.m.
YWCA Alvirita Little Center
708 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Seattle, WA 98122
Contact Margie Haywood at mhaywood@ywcaworks.org or 206.568.7855 for details.