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Each month, the AFG Volunteer Department, highlights one volunteer who AFG staff and the girls and young women we serve recognize as being a dedicated and passionate volunteer. This month, Michelle Leppek, a mentor in our Prevention Department is being spotlighted for her commitment to her mentee! Learn more about Michelle and how to become an AFG Volunteer below.
Michelle started as a volunteer at AFG providing childcare for the Prevention Department. When Michelle was introduced to our mentoring program, she knew she wanted to become involved because of the influence and guidance mentors have had in her own life. Michelle’s goal as a mentor is to, “be a stable and supportive adult in my mentee’s life. I aim to be dependable, encouraging, and a good listener.”
Michelle says that her greatest strengths are her creativity and how she strives to be a lifelong learner. She uses her creativity when mentoring by coming up with engaging activities. In Michelle’s personal life, she is constantly learning new things, which is a habit she hopes to pass down to her mentee. Michelle has learned quite a bit from her mentee as well!
When asked what her proudest accomplishment has been as a mentor, Michelle said, “I take a lot of pride in my mentee. I’ve seen her grow as an individual since we were first matched as mentor and mentee. She’s more curious and more outgoing. She’s willing to try new things and voice her opinion. I’ve seen how she’s put a lot more effort and determination into her school work. Seeing my mentee grow in confidence is what I am most proud of as a mentor.”
Thank you for your on-going commitment to being a positive role model at Alternatives For Girls!
Are you interested in becoming an AFG Volunteer? Here’s how you can start: