A Very Successful Program

Student - Mentor Relationships at PA Christian Camp

“I’d say the program was a great success!”

By Stephanie Ziebarth, Barnabas Mentor Coordinator

Last week I dropped off a prescription at a local pharmacy and did some browsing while I awaited the medication. At one point, I needed assistance and was pleased that people both in front of the counter and behind it were quick to offer help. One particularly friendly face was a young man in a white jacket behind the counter.

When my name was called, I headed to the counter, where the friendly young man was ready to ring up the order. “I’m not sure if you remember me, but I used to be in the 4.12 Leadership Training Program,” he said.

I glanced at his nametag, read the name “Grant,” looked at his face, and then broke into a big smile, “Yes, I do remember you! Thanks for saying something! I would not have recognized you with your much more mature look!”

My order was somewhat complicated, so we chatted off and on for quite a bit. I enjoyed hearing the story of how he ended up in training to be a pharmacist. Grant then shared something that encouraged me even more.

“The mentoring program at camp was really helpful for me,” he said, commenting that he was not sure whether I still coordinated that. When I informed him that I still did, he continued, “Even though that was seven or eight years ago, I still get together with my mentor when I am home from school. He is always asking how he can pray for me. It was really helpful for me to have someone like him when I was a teenager—someone I could ask questions and know was there for me. So I’d say the program was a great success!”

When my complicated order was finally complete, Grant apologized for the delay. “Oh, I don’t mind a bit!” I assured him. “You just made my week. Thanks again for saying something.”

Informational meetings for the 4.12 Leadership Training Program happen this month. If you or someone you know would like to apply for the 4.12 Leadership Training Program, plan to attend one of these meetings July 17, 24 or 26. For more information and to RSVP, e-mail Courtney@joyel.org.



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