Melany is a student in her second year of middle school who has been with the program since it began in 2009. Here, we spoke to her about having a Padrino and what it means to her.
What is the name of your Padrino?
When did you meet James?
He came to volunteer when I was in 3rd grade and he was teaching music classes. He became my padrino when I was in 5th grade. I never thought then he would have been my padrino. I started receiving letters that were signed from James. The day that they were going to introduce me to my padrino, he was there, and I wasn’t sure if it was him or not. He asked me “do you know who your padrino is?” and I guessed him. I was really excited!
What is the coolest thing you have learned about James?
That he adopted a cat. Now we both have a cat!
What do you value most about your relationship with James?
He is sincere, and he always helps me with English and encourages me not to give up. I don’t like math either but he tells me I have to continue studying, even when I don’t want to. He is my motivation and the reason that I continue to move forward.
What does your padrino mean to you?
He is a blessing to me because he is another form of help, because there is no other person besides my parents that has supported me with my studies, and no other person that says “I’m going to help you in school.” There are people that really care about children and that is admirable, and I admire James because even though he’s young, he’s taking being a padrino seriously.
Do you want to say anything to people who are interested in becoming Padrinos?
Yes. There are many children that need the support, because they often stop studying and going to classes because they feel upset, and they don’t have a support system. But if they have the support, they are more likely to keep going to school. I think kids should have a padrino because with James, I am happy, and he is my motivation. I imagine that other kids would receive the motivation they need to continue studying as well.
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