Mimi Tucci was one of the first people to mentor a child in the Communities in Schools of Lakewood (CISL) Champions Mentor Program which began in the Fall of 2006. She continues to meet with her student, India, who is now in 9th grade at Clover Park High School. Mimi and India were featured guests at the annual CISL Champions for Youth Breakfast in March of 2007. Mimi also serves on the Board of Directors of Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare where she brings her professional expertise to bear on the problems facing the mentally ill and their families.
In the summer of 2007, Mimi took on extra duties in the Champions program due to staff cuts at CISL. She committed to volunteering 10 hours per week providing mentor training and ongoing support for new recruits and continuing mentors. As a result of her caring and professional approach 80% of Champions mentors continue with their student after the school year ends. Recently, Mimi’s daughter and two of her friends were trained by Mimi to pilot a peer mentor program at Oakwood Elementary. Mentoring seems to run in the family!
The Champions Mentor Program has grown from 25 mentors to 54 in the past two years under Mimi’s leadership. She coordinates monthly mentor meetings to discuss students’ issues and to provide feedback among mentors. A highlight of these meetings is sharing the successes, excitement and growth happening every day with our own Lakewood youth.
Mimi has truly made a lasting impression on her own mentee and on the many mentors she has trained and supported over the past two years. Lakewood and Clover Park schools are better places because of her commitment to assuring that every child has a caring adult in his or her life.
That is why Mimi is being recognized by Lakewood’s Human Services Collaboration and receiving the traveling Red Wagon, a symbol of Lakewood’s Promise of people pulling their weight to help the youth in Lakewood.
Lakewood’s Promise mission is to mobilize people from every sector of life in Lakewood to build the character and competence of our youth by fulfilling these Promises:
‚Ä¢ Caring Adults-Provide ongoing relationships with caring adults-parents, mentors, tutors and coaches
‚Ä¢ Safe Places ‚ÄìProvide safe places with structured activities during non-school hours
‚Ä¢ Healthy Start-Provide all the elements leading to good physical/mental health for a health future
‚Ä¢ Marketable Skills-Provide marketable skills through effective education
‚Ä¢ Opportunities to Serve-Provide youth with opportunities to serve in their community.
Lakewood’s Community Collaboration, made up of over 100 human service organizations, service clubs, businesses, individuals and public entities presents each month a “Caught in the Act-of Keeping Lakewood’s Promise” Award to an individual or organization that has quietly performed an outstanding deed for a family/child in the City of Lakewood.