The Importance of Mentoring: A Conversation with Trinitii Brewer
For the last night years, Luxottica associate Trinitii Brewer has been involved with the Lux Tigers, a mentoring program established in 2001.
The goal of the program is to inspire inner city youth by introducing them to Luxottica’s culture and values. Trinitii answered a few questions for us about the Lux Tigers and the importance of mentorship.
How long have you been involved with Lux Tigers, and what are the goals of the program?
I have been involved with the Lux Tigers for nine years. The ultimate goal of the program is to develop young professionals. The mission is to inspire, guide and prepare talented Withrow High School students to pursue post-secondary education after graduation from high school by setting a solid foundation of self-empowerment, leadership and development.
Why is this program important?
Not only does this program build relationships between our mentors and mentees, it serves as a platform to encourage corporate responsibility from others. We are empowering a community by developing young leaders. Because we have so much visibility and recognition we’re able to inspire others to pay it forward.
What have you gained from being a mentor?
In a nutshell, I’ve learned that I can make a difference in someone’s life. I feel we sometimes forget the lasting impact we can have on someone by just being vested in their development.
When I first joined the program I remember thinking, “Will I really be able to make a difference?” I was astounded when I received feedback from my mentee on her experience and her view of things. She stated that she didn’t know who she would be if she hadn’t met me. I was floored!
What do you want the students to gain from their experience?
As an organization, we want empower students to succeed. We want to create a culture that breeds leaders by providing the necessary tools they need for success. The reality is a lot of the students don’t have access to the things we all take for granted.
What is your favorite part of the program?
I personally love seeing the development of a student, especially over the course of four years.