When we began 2020 and asked our mentors and partners to be the bridge for our young people, we could not have imagined how big or important an ask that would be. Now, as we come to the end of the year, we are more thankful than ever for the motivation, commitment and unbelievable resilience we’ve seen in our mentoring community and our young people.
While we’ve reached a number of milestones this year, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown overshadows everything. To say 2020 was challenging is an understatement; we’ve all been in isolation and feared the uncertainty. Our young people, who already face enormous hurdles, were separated from the support of their mentors and school and faced their own challenges with online learning. But despite this darkness, our community lit a shining light.
Our MCR family never gave up on our young people. When not able to meet in person, the team worked tirelessly to bring mentoring online and our mentors patiently and resiliently adapted to meeting over video call, voice call or through sending messages.
This year, all of our lives were transformed, but what didn’t change was the passion of our mentors. We asked you to be the bridge and you stepped up in ways that we couldn’t have imagined. Thank you to everyone in the MCR Community. With your help, we can’t wait to help even more young people in 2021.