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ASPIRE Mentor Program Nurturing Youth, Planting Seeds to Success

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YAKIMA, Wash-- The ASPIRE mentor program is growing potential. Nurturing youth through mentorship. Together mentors and children planted a garden at the entrance to Sarge Hubbard Park.

"Well, I think it was really great. It was really fun planting and it's also good for the environment, good for mother earth," said Lydia, ASPIRE mentee.

ASPIRE stands for: Adult-Student Program to Inspire Relate and Enrich. Mentors and children participate in a lot of fun activities. So fun that Tom Holbrook often finds himself with more then just his mentee Adrian.

"I ended-up not with one. I ended-up with 3, 4, 5, depending on which car I bring Leo and Ivan come-up with enough people to fill all the seats," said Tom Holbrook, ASPIRE mentor.

The kids spent a Saturday clearing out rocks and planting flowers. But, more importantly mentors are growing potential in our youth. Devoting a minimum of three to four hours a month to mentorship.

Yakima's YMCA has been running the program since 1988. It's grown to 100 plus mentors, but more are always needed. If you're interested contact Tom Oliva at the YMCA, 509-972-5275.

"It is a really good chance to give back to the community and it helps the kids a lot, just to expose them to things that they might not get to do otherwise," said Kristin Whitman, ASPIRE mentor.