Being a mentor...

Being a mentor here at CVYR is full of challenges. But many times, to be quite honest, it is a lot of fun! Every kid is different, so we design each session specifically with certain goals in mind. We always have the whole time planned out in detail. But with the best laid plans there is always a time for some unscheduled goofing off! Being flexible is the key. Besides, a kid needs to be a kid, no matter what the age. Speaking as a big kid, I find goofing off refreshing. Goofing off comes naturally to me, it’s hereditary. It was modeled behavior by my father and grandfather. I learned the finer points, such as sneaking a rock into some poor unsuspecting persons backpack. As a young boy, my grandfather and I would go visit his sister in Fresno. We spent most of the time checking out gun and coin shops ( two of my favorite places). I think one time we forgot to see his sister. Oh well. I don’t want to disclose all the ways I like to goof off, some are long held family secrets. Besides, if you are reading this you could be a potential source of amusement for me and I don’t 

want to ruin it by saying too much. So if in my session my kid and I are heard laughing or doing something silly, remember it’s part of the plan. Fun must be part of each program as long as it’s safe. Some kids lives are so structured and stressful they need to just be a kid. This is the only place for some of them to do that. It helps grow the mentor/child relationship closer. Personality’s really come out during a lighthearted moment and we can get a glimpse of a kids character. It can be helpful with understanding the child and revealing how to pray for specific issues that might need to be addressed. It also can set a much more comfortable mood for the rest of the session. So, I’ve come to realize through some deep contemplation, all these years of goofing off was just training for being a mentor some day.Thanks Dad and Grandpa!

God is good!
Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson is CVYR's founder and fearless leader. With Christ as his focus, he serves kids in the community by being a mentor, friend, and father figure. You can usually find him on a horse wearing his unicorn helmet.