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National Mentoring Month: Meet Michael & Nathan

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Nathan is a self-taught pianist, a creative at heart. But, he and Michael know a thing or two about the best burger joints in town. Nathan is a self-taught pianist, a creative at heart. But, he and Michael know a thing or two about the best burger joints in town.

KENNEWICK, WA- January is National Mentoring Month and we are teaming up with the group Ignite Youth Mentoring to show what a huge difference it makes in our community, one person at a time.

Nathan Suarez and Michael Novakovich met each other a year and half ago. Novakovich, who now works at the Tri-City Cancer Canter was once an aspiring rock star. Suarez, wants to someday work in computer science but for now, they share the passion of music.Suarez is a self-taught pianist, a creative at heart. But, he and Novakovich know a thing or two about the best burger joints in town.

"We like to just go and eat food because we like to do guy things. Like, get the greasiest burger we can get our hands on," explained Suarez.

Or they invent their own foods.

"We like to refer to these as orange sticks of power, yeah. We're both spicy food fans, and the thing is, you can't beat cheetos and tabasco", explained Novakovich.

But one of their favorite memories is sledding at Mount Spokane.

"We had such a long car drive that we got to have a really good conversation. It went beyond the surface. We really got to know each other a little bit better and talk about some of life's challenges which is really cool", said Novakovich.

When they are not banging on drums in an unfinished room, Novakovich supports Suarez's of music any way he can.

"It's really neat, I've only been to two choir performances. But I really enjoy him, it's pretty cool seeing him up there doing his thing", Novakovich explained.

All fun and games aside, Suarez he wants to grow up and become compassionate like Novakovich. 

Novakovich says their relationship has opened his eyes to the challenges teens face these days.

Suarez explained, "I grew up without a male figure in my life so, it's nice to have a connection with a male role model."

Ignite Mentoring has helped 200 kids in our community already but says there are 18,000 in single family homes where an extra adult can make a positive difference.

You can help kids in our community by clicking here.

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