I met Shayli when she was 6 years old. The first day we met she was very shy, only talking to me by whispering in her mom's ear what she wanted to say and then her mom repeating it back to me. It was adorable, but I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me to gain this little girls trust. Over the past two years, Shayli and I have developed a relationship unlike one I have with anybody else. We have our own little book club and a walkie-talkie app that keeps us just a click of a button away. She teaches me patience, how to use my imagination, and what it feels like to freak out when I can't see the 8 year old that I'm responsible for. And although that last one is true, what she teaches me and what she means to me is much deeper than I can explain. And though I can't speak for her for what she has learned from me, I know that she now stands up straight, speaks clearly, and displays confidence when she firsts meet people, and no longer whispers into anyones ear.
JBBBSLA has given both me and Shayli a lot, and I would like to give back to them to help other kids like her. All donations go towards the mentoring program.