Changing the Odds Through Mentorship
Luxottica associates are taking steps to ensure that students from Cincinnati’s Withrow High School have his or her own mentor to help prepare for life post high school graduation.
As the recipient of the 2014 National Mentoring Summit’s “Most Robust and Comprehensive Local Youth Mentoring Program,” we’re proud to note the positive impact our mentors continue to have on mentees in the program.
“We are empowering a community by developing young leaders. This is our chance to give back to our local community, and encourage others to pay it forward,” Brewer said.
The program began in 2001 in partnership with the Cincinnati Public Schools, Withrow High School and the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. Since its inception, it has impacted the lives of more than 500 students and mentors.
Each year, approximately 45, 9th through 12th grade Withrow High School students are paired with Luxottica associates who coach, support and mentor them throughout the school year. Students come to the Mason, Ohio office on a monthly basis for sessions on teen development, career skills, leadership and college preparation.
To Brewer, the program offers hope to young people facing an uncertain future.
“A lot of the students don’t have access to the things we all take for granted. My personal hope is that we are able to offer the insights and perspectives on education or culture that the students can take with them when they leave the building.”
Interested in learning more about mentoring? Check out our post on the National Mentoring Summit and National Mentoring Partnership CEO David Shapiro’s thoughts on our program.