HAYS Mentors Recognized

HAYS Mentors Recognized
Posted on 02/07/2022
Hometown Heroes

Steve Hill and Jason Nichols have been Mentors through Hannibal Alliance for Youth Success (HAYS) for nearly a decade, and were recently recognized by KHQA as Hometown Heroes.  

Steve Hill became mentor to Da’Marion Williams when he was in third grade at Eugene Field Elementary, and is now a Senior at Hannibal High School. 

Jason Nichols became a mentor to Colton Hortsmeyer  when he was a second grader at Eugene Field Elementary, and is now a Senior at Hannibal High School. 

From dinosaur drawings in elementary school, to more recent discussions in preparation for life after graduation, Steve and Jason have been there for Da’Marion and Colton to help them achieve their goals.  Conversations may have changed over time, but consistent mentoring and encouragement has created special relationships and memories that will last a lifetime. 

Mentee, Colton Horstmeyer, said his mentor Jason  has made a world of difference in his life."I've had some ups and downs in real life," Horstmeyer said. "Jason has just been there. He helped me get through it. He told me that one bad thing can either spiral you to do more bad things or you can learn; kind of having helped me be great. Just turn up and make the best out of a bad situation.”
Mentoring is an important component of positive youth development, promoting academic success, engagement in extracurriculars, and connections to new opportunities.

With a mentor, young people are: 
•52% less likely to skip a day of school 
78% more likely to volunteer in their communities 
130% more likely to hole a leadership position in a club or sports team

Mentoring amplifies change, one relationship at a time. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Judy Hodgson at [email protected] 

Watch the KHQA story at https://khqa.com/features/hometown-heroes/hometown-heroes-in-americas-hometown-where-mentorship-is-making-a-difference. 

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