Russell Armstrong

Assistant Vice President, Bose Washington Partners

“Mentoring can be a powerful way to build relationships between people of different ages, backgrounds, and means. Effective mentoring is not just hanging out, but an active connection characterized by mutual respect, trust, understanding, and empathy that leads to both tangible and sometimes intangible outcomes. Anyone who has had a good mentor, whether known by the formal sense or simply a friend, relative, or a stranger who took them under their wing, remembers and values the impact that person has had on their life. College Mentors for Kids is striving to make those kinds of connections between young kids and adults, exposing children to college aspirations early on and helping college students discover the joys of paying it forward to begin a lifetime of giving. That seems like a worthwhile endeavor I and anyone else should be able to get behind. That is why I joined.”