This month we are shining a spotlight on our volunteer, David Houck, who mentors Cy'los, an 11-year-old boy in our housing program. When David's roommate moved away from DC earlier this year, he recruited David to take over his role in mentoring Cy'los, ensuring that he would continue to receive excellent support.
The transition was smooth, and Cy'los' mom La'Kisha is happy with the enriching experiences that her son has had with David. She points out that Cy'los "gets to go on outings, he travels; whatever he's interested in, he gets to do." David has taken Cy'los to the Air and Space Museum, Mount Vernon, the National Zoo, and to the local park to play catch. David has a science engineering background and sometimes helps Cy'los with math homework.
La'Kisha explains that mentoring is important to her son's future success, since "a lot of women out here are doing without the kids' fathers. With the mentoring programs, they can teach them how to do productive things besides selling drugs." David emphasizes that "It's fun for both of us; it's a win-win!"
To learn more about how to become a mentor, click here.