Christie Hyde DeNave and her mentee, Phrankie, during a kayaking trip, along with Christie’s husband, Joe. On any given day in Central Florida, there are close to 2,000 children in licensed foster care…
Mentoring is one of the easiest ways to make a real difference in the life of a child in foster care, according to an Embrace Families press release.
Research shows that children with a mentor are 55 percent more likely to go to college, 52 percent less likely to skip school and 46 percent less likely to use drugs, compared to youth without a mentor.
“By mentoring, you’re changing an adolescent’s life just by being there,” said Christie Hyde DeNave, a mentor with Embrace Families. “I usually find myself in a teaching moment whenever I’m with my mentee, Phrankie, whether planned or not.”