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Mentor and Mentee Use Mentoring Program to Fill Gaps In Their Lives

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The two spend a lot of time at Spudnut Donut Shop while talking about their week. The two spend a lot of time at Spudnut Donut Shop while talking about their week.
TRI-CITIES, WA- National mentoring month is almost over and Ignite Youth Mentoring still needs more mentors to help local youth.

"Don't be scared to go up to somebody and say 'Hi, my name is Orlando,'" said Orlando Hurley, Ignite Youth Mentee.

That was one of the things the once very shy Hurley can say now, after being with his mentor Gordon Beecher for a year.

Hurley's brother went off to college.  Beecher retired from the City of Richland and has a son that lives across the country.  They both had gaps that needed to be filled.

"It's a great 2-way experience and it's just a super, fun way to give back to the community," said Beecher.

Even though they are very different in age, they have something in common.  They both share a love for Spudnut Donuts.  They go there all the time and talk about everything from sports to school.  Beecher said through mentoring, they have both learned something from each other.

"When I was his age, I wasn't that open-minded.  I wasn't exposed to that many things.  I've learned to try everything and try with an open-mind and it could be fun," said Beecher.

Beecher said time has not been an issue for them, because they just make it happen.

"There's always time.  We spend two to three hours every other weekend or so whenever we get together.  That is the best time I have around that weekend.  There's time," said Beecher.

Hurley said his grandmother suggested he join the Ignite Youth Mentoring program.  He said all she does is smile now.

"She always asks me, 'so what did you guys do this weekend?' I always tell her good stuff about what happened and it always brings a smile to her face," said Hurley.

For more information on becoming a mentor, click here to find out how to sign up and when their next orientation dates are.
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