Our Two Mentors of the Game: Over 13 Years as Mentors
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The Grizzlies Foundation were proud to host Youth Villages mentors Cedric Dorsey and Roger Skold to the November 9, 2012 game versus the Houston Rockets. Cedric has been a mentor for seven years and Roger has been a mentor for six and a half years. We asked both of them a few questions about their experiences and background as mentors.
Cedric Dorsey did not have many male role models growing up. Now as an adult, he has met many kids who are not as privileged as he now sees his background was. Due to this he became a teacher to help these youth as he believes, “you can’t look at the past. My job is show them their future, give them encouragement and expose them to new experiences.”
Cedric has hosted college fairs while he taught at Frayser High School. “I brought the fair to them and that opened eyes to new possibilties.” Asked why he has been a mentor for so long Cedric said, “I do it because it makes them and me feel better; to know I am helping to change a life feels good.”
Asked why he is a mentor, Roger Skold said that he wanted to help boys who did not have his background. He has been a mentor for 10 boys over the years, and has stayed continued to mentor four of them after they left the Youth Villages program. Roger told a story about one of his mentees, Steve, who he has stayed in contact with for five years. Steve once told Roger, “I knew you would be there for me and would care about me no matter what I’ve done. That’s more than anyone has ever done for me.”
Roger said to those who are thinking about being a mentor, “You have to want to do it-a lot of people are intimidated to do this because you have to spend some time and show you care in order to build the relationship.” Roger will soon be starting his own non-profit.