“I have someone to talk to, get advice from, just listen to me. Supported me when I made decisions to try new things,” says mentee Daniel Morren, matched with Tom Cameron in February of 2012 after both expressed interest in photography. Tom, a photographer, was looking for volunteer opportunities and upon meeting a fellow photographer through Mentor Advantage Program at Community Youth Concepts in Des Moines, decided “that it would be great to learn together.” His open heart and mind provided a perfect foundation for a lasting friendship.
As a foster child living with a new family who had just moved from Canada with four other young children, Daniel was having trouble adjusting. Past experiences with unreliable families left him feeling unwanted and unwilling to believe that his new mentor would stick around, either. Hoping to help Daniel see the good in adults, Tom stated that he would be in Daniel’s life as long as the mentee would allow.
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