Everyone Should Have a Mentor

I have been so blessed to have the opportunity to work as a social media influencer. I get to meet many people and have established some wonderful relationships. One of the things that I like the most about social media is that it encourages you to concentrate in subjects that you are passionate about.

I absolutely love children and I’m always looking for ways to bring out the best in them, to let them know that they are loved and that they matter. I love taking advantage of teachable moments, encouraging them to make good choices. That is why when I first heard that Sprint partnered with ASPIRA of Florida, to launch the Sprint Mobile Mentorship Program at the Hispanicize conference last year where they were asking notable influencers to help champion Latino Youth by becoming a Mobile Mentor, I just had to jump on that. Talking about good choices, this was a great one for me.

Nailah Allen my mentee and I:

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Nailah Allen is an outstanding mentee from Aspira DE/CO Charter School, she is a super sweet 14 year old who always looks at the bright side of everything and as a matter of fact she is a straight A student.She told me that she would like to attend the best High School that will better prepare her for college. How’s that for the wishes of a young adolescent girl? We talked about her 8th grade “Prom” party coming up and when I asked her what color dress she was wearing for the “Big Party”, she said that she hadn’t bought her outfit yet.

I decided to contact Ms. Emma the Activity Director from Aspira and I asked her if she knew how many of the kids had already purchased their suits or gowns. She said that many of the students were not going to buy anything new, because parents couldn’t afford to buy them a new outfit.

Inspired by JCPenney participation with “Yes to the Prom” a program designed to build courage and self-confidence among young women. I reached out to them to get as many students a special outfit for their exclusive night.

Here is the video story of this wonderful experience with JCPenney:

I wanted the kids to feel confident about themselves and to have a really fun time. I want them to feel loved and to know that there are people who really care about them and want them to succeed in life.

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Congratulations to the 2016 Graduating Class from Aspira Arts Deco, you have a great future ahead of you. I am here for you if you ever want to talk or need a shoulder to cry on. God bless you always.

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Special thank you’s go out to  JCPenney, Ford Motor Company, We Click Any Time, Hispanicize, Nevarez Communications, Bohemian Sound, Fernando Rodriguez, Maria Marin, Harold Silva and Maria Agelvis for your contributions making dreams come true.

Linda Ponder

Author: Linda Ponder

Proud Mom, Bilingual Blogger, Influencer, Founder @ponderela . Social Good is my passion mentoring children. Singing is one of my fun hobbies and passions!

14 Comments

  1. A beautiful labor of Love! Thank you for being such an inspiration to all these children and our community!

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    • linda

      Hi Evelyn,
      You are very welcome. It was so exciting for me to be part of this experience. I wouldn’t have known about Aspira Arts/Deco if it had not been for social media and your mentorship program. I do love kids very much and I just wanted them to feel loved by us and let them know that their future matters to all of us.
      Thank you Evelyn, I look forward to helping the kids at Aspira of Florida Arts/Deco in anything I can.
      Have a great summer!

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    • Thank you for allowing these kids to have the day of their dreams. It is a blessing to all of us that you care so much for them. Thank you.

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      • Marie,
        I am the one that has to thank you for allowing me to participate with your graduating class this year. It was so gratifying to watch them shop through JCpenney that day. Every time I saw you and your staff with them I got emotional, it’s obvious that you guys love these kids very much and they are so appreciate of it. God bless our kids.

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  2. Our kids looked so elegant on their prom night! They were gleaming! Your commitment to our students is very much appreciated. Mentorship and community partnerships are key to helping our youth succeed.

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  3. Thank you for all you have done for ASPIRA our students were so thankful to all the sponsors that made their prom possible 😘

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    • linda

      Hi Melissa,
      Oh on their prom night they looked great and they had such a fun time. It’s beautiful to watch how fond all of you are of each other. I do believe that the success rate of your school has much to do with the love and respect you give your students along side the quality of education. I’m so proud of what Aspira does for our community.

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    • linda

      Ema,
      It was great to help your kids with their prom and to see them so happy. I too thank all the sponsors for their contributions, they made a huge difference in the life of these children.
      Ms Ema you’re a wonderful asset to this organization.

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  4. Here in ASPIRA we love children’s and let them know that they are loved is our priority. …….Education with Love
    Thank you Linda
    Thank you JCPENNEY

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    • linda

      Hello Mariela,

      I believe that Love is the key to your success. I’ve noticed that the staff at Aspira of Florida Arts Deco are excellent teachers and they are very loving toward their students. I would proudly tell parents in our community about your organization.
      Best regards,

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    • linda

      Hi Maritere,
      I cant tell you how the excitement of thinking how the kids and their famillies would feel gave me the drive to make things happen for them. It was great! Blessings to you and your family.

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  5. What a beautiful thing to do for kids! Felicidades!

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    • Linda Ponder

      Hi Julie!
      It was so cool to see their little faces going through the isles of clothes and looking at themselves in the mirror. I loved working on this project and would do over and over again!

      Thank you amiga blessings to you.

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