Molli Powers, Butler University

Why did you join College Mentors for Kids? When I joined College Mentors as a freshman, I was looking for a way to get involved in the Indianapolis community and meet the children who could be my students one day. I had no idea the impact it would have the rest of my life or that I would start my teaching career at one of our former partner schools!

What is your favorite thing about College Mentors for Kids? My favorite thing about College Mentors for Kids are the connections you make when you are part of the program. This program has shown me how people of all ages from different backgrounds and environments can come together and leave a positive impact on this world. Many people think that this program is for the kids, but I learn more from the little buddies than I could ever teach them. The little buddies come to campus every week and show how much they have to offer the world. By centering on community service, culture, diversity, higher education, and careers we are shaping a future generation of leaders who will not be limited by stereotypes or statistics.

How did College Mentors for Kids prepare you for life after college?  College Mentors has shaped every aspect of my life. As I begin my career in teaching, I feel like I already have so many wonderful strategies for building connections and making an impact on students and my fellow teachers. College Mentors helped me improve my time management skills, work-life balance, and how to be a strong leader. College Mentors for Kids is helping change this world. I’m honored that I get to work with our future CEOs, teachers, engineers, and leaders who will leave the world a better place than they found it. College Mentors for Kids continues to create a strong, nurturing, diverse, and accepting environment for the future. Personally, my experience in the program has helped me become a more understanding and accepting human being and I hope that more people can have the same experience I had.