The John Howard Society of North Island

We are running a Giving Tuesday campaign that is committed to raising funds for our KidStart Mentoring Program. Here is the story of one of our mentor-mentees in our KidStart program: Luke* and Scott* have been matched since 2011. At the beginning of their mentoring relationship, Luke was eight years old and struggled with bullying at school and learning how to develop positive friendships. He was being raised by his mother in a single-parent home. Two years ago Luke’s mother passed away. Luke now lives with his grandparents, however, his grandfather suffers from health problems and as a result has limited patience. Throughout everything, Luke’s mentor Scott has been a continuous positive and meaningful presence in his life. Scott has provided Luke with stability and encouragement. He was there for Luke when he needed a friend, there for Luke when he needed an advocate and he is here for Luke today, providing one-on-one attention, support and unlimited patience. *Names have been changed to protect privacy. If we can raise $1200 Luke and Scott can continue their mentoring relationship for one more year. KidStart depends entirely on donations, grants and gaming revenue to operate.