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Mentor Spotlight: Ball State University chapter

March 30, 2016 | Indianapolis, IN

Toccoa & ConnorAt College Mentors, we're thankful to have thousands of awesome college students dedicating themselves to mentoring kids! We want to introduce you to one of these amazing individuals. Meet Toccoa Kinsey from the Ball State University chapter!

What impact has College Mentors for Kids had on your life? Most people would say that mentors are supposed to make a positive impact on their little buddies, but I have to admit that Connor makes a huge impact on me and makes me appreciate life and each opportunity I have. He makes me want to be an even better person and strive for success in everything I do. No matter what is going on in life, I can't stop smiling every second I get with my little buddy!

Favorite memory with your little buddy: While there are so many memories with my little buddy that I will always treasure, one sticks close to my heart. On the average activity day, I had trouble getting Connor excited about participating. One activity day, we had some people from the Ball State Ballroom Dancing club come and teach the little buddies some dance moves and tell them what it's like to be involved with various organizations in college. I stood to the side as I watched Connor encourage one of his friends to dance. While this may seem small, it was HUGE for me because I had never seen him so eager to participate! I began to help Connor and his friend learn the dance moves. As Connor started to get the hang of it, he looked up at me with the biggest smile on his face. My heart was so happy, and I began to tear up because that is the very moment I knew that my relationship with Connor means just as much to him as it does to me!

What would you tell someone about College Mentors if they had never heard of the program before? It would be so hard to describe College Mentors in just a few sentences. I would tell them that College Mentors is an amazing organization full of college students that have a passion for making a difference. I would tell them that in College Mentors for Kids, there are mentors and little buddies that participate in various activities that get the little buddies excited about higher education and opportunities that await them! College Mentors is an organization that allows college students to give young minds the inspiration, encouragement, and help they may need to be the best version of themselves that they can be!