Team Up: Mentoring Makes a Difference

Up Center Synced Sequence.Still002TeamUpA mentor inspires and shows that obstacles can be overcome, small or large. Lisa Marie Otto knew she had something to offer when she was matched with 12-year-old Patience in 2009.

“I’ve always wanted to mentor a child in need, and Patience was the perfect match for me,” said Lisa Marie. “We
both grew up with similar challenges.”

Patience was being raised by a single mother who worked hard to provide for her and her little sister. Knowing her
girls would benefit from interaction with other caring adults, Patience’s mom called on The Up Center. Patience was
matched with Lisa Marie, and the two quickly bonded.

After four years, their journey together has resulted in academic and social achievements for Patience. She has made
the honor roll at school and developed new friendships. “I knew I could always count on Lisa Marie to be there for
me,” said Patience.

To find out how you can make a difference in a child’s life, visit our Team Up page.

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