About Natasha …

“I was drawn to the RTJSIS Program because I am the mother to two Aboriginal children, and I care deeply about and am intimate with First Nations people and the unique challenges they face. I want to see more Aboriginal children WIN – children like Natasha – and be an active part of supporting that possibility. Staying in school is a cornerstone of that success. As someone who has worked in the creative industries for the past 25 years, I’m also excited about connecting with Natasha who has been identified and self-identifies as “creative” and artistic. I think I’ll be able to relate meaningfully with her on a number of fronts – and that those connecting points will make a difference.” – Carrie

One in 3 children in North America grow up without mentors. I couldn’t say it better than the statement on the MENTOR.org website: Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.

Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. The Rotary Tom Jackson Stay in School Program provides the foundation for mentoring relationships to be successful because it selects, prepares and supports mentors in their efforts, and students with their day-to-day needs. I feel privileged to help Natasha achieve her potential and ensuring she is not alone in facing her education challenges.” – Maydelin