Lexington mentor program changes how they interact

Posted at 3:42 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 16:30:37-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Lexington Leadership Foundation is a faith based organization that helps children in need through several different programs.

Mentors within Amachi Central Kentucky look forward to seeing their mentee every week.

"Sometimes they might be here, at a park, they might go out to dinner, go out to eat, do a fun project together," Amachi Central Kentucky Program Director Maggie Middleton said. "And it's just a way for our kids that have dealt with some difficult things to have an additional positive influence in their lives."

Due to social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the the connections between a mentor and a mentee are now made through a screen. Middleton says her mentors have been able to check in more often with their kids.

"Video chatting, there's an app named Marco Polo that we love. People can send videos back and forth to each other," Middleton said. "We have a mentor that actually bought stationary set for her and her mentee so they can actually write old fashioned snail mail letters to each other."

In addition to checking in, the Lexington Leadership Foundation has been delivering 200 meals a day to children in their organization.

Amachi Central Kentucky has 30 kids on their wait list to be matched and encourage anyone to apply to become a mentor.

"Before this, they really needed an adult and they may be feeling disconnected from school and from teachers. We want to pair them with positive adults," Middleton said.