April 16, 2014 by admin
Jordan McBride, a senior marketing major at NCCU, has been involved as a mentor with Movement of Youth for three months now. He believed that by becoming a part of the mentor program, he could give back the knowledge he gained on his own when growing up. “I did not have anyone guiding me, and showing me positive constructive things when I was the age of our students. Therefore I have learned things through trial and error,” says McBride. His experiences made him realize that as a mentor, he could lead kids to make good choices to ensure a path to a successful future.
With McBride’s consistent attendance and help as a mentor, he is doing just that. He believes that MOY’s involvement in these children’s’ lives is benefitting them in many ways. “It provides them with a platform to grow and gain knowledge. Also, it is a safe place where confidence is built within the students so that they are ‘sure’ of themselves and aware of their maximum potential,” says McBride. Not only do the kids benefit from MOY, but McBride believes he is, as well. “I have benefited by learning from the students. I am privileged to work with such brilliant young minds and they have continued to help me develop through the knowledge that the already posses,” he says. McBride loves the fact that at MOY, mentors and mentees serve as friends to each other to help one another grow in different ways. With each event, comfortable and open relationships have been built between the two.
When asked about McBride’s favorite experience so far with MOY, his answer was with the program, Nourish International. The task of the program was to create a business plan and present the finished product to the rest of the audience. “I was so impressed at how the students took the lead, worked together, and then came up with great ideas. I truly felt like the student because they taught me that day instead of me teaching them,” he says.
McBride’s outstanding involvement with MOY has not gone unnoticed by others. Alayah Glenn, the director of mentoring of MOY, believes that he displays the epitome of MOY’s mission and vision for the community. “His engagement with mentees without prompting and relationship building skills are an example to other mentors and his enthusiasm for leadership is an encouraging example of the student leadership that started the program,” says Glenn.
McBride will continue to work as a mentor with MOY because of the enjoyment it brings to be a part of the program. “It brings me great joy to give back and help young people come into their own,” he says. “The small things that we do can make such a great impact on a young persons life. I feel honored and blessed to be a part of such an organization”.