Season’s Greetings Dear Mission of Hope Friends from The HOPE.
I just wanted to share with you this very special Mission of Hope Scholar story update from some of our dear MOH Mentor Friends, Pam Owen & Deb Rossi. A special thank you to both of them and also to our MOH friend Erica Smith. We are so very proud of our Mission of Hope Scholars and how they are striving to get a higher education and daring to dream that they can be the best.
Thanks for your friendship & support and for all you do to help us extend The HOPE in many ways.
Emmette Thompson, Executive Director – Mission of Hope
Good Morning Emmette;
I want to take just a moment to tell you about a great success story. Deb and I are part of the MOH Scholarship Mentor program. We are in our third year of mentoring Daphne Bunch. She is a remarkable young woman whose tenacity, desire and passion to receive a college education is serving her well in life. Daphne will graduate May 10, 2014 from MTSU with a BS degree in Sociology. She currently has a GPA of 3.5. She will graduate with no student loans using scholarship money and working two jobs.
Recently, she began preparing her resume and interviewing for internships. At my request, Daphne sent me her resume. She also shared that she had interviewed for a position once she graduates but without success. About that time, we had our mentor meeting. It occurred to me at the meeting that with our students beginning to graduate that we needed to expand our mentoring to resume writing and interviewing skills. I mentioned my thoughts during the meeting to the group.
As only God can orchestrate, sitting beside me (whom I had never met before) was Erica Smith, Human Resources with Management Solutions. Erica and Daphne got together, improved her resume, honed interviewing skills and last week Daphne won the only internship offered in an early intervention child abuse program. Yay! A big thank you to Erica and to Daphne who quickly embraced Erica’s guidance. The benefits of expanding our mentoring to our upcoming graduates to further enhance their ability to secure desired positions couldn’t be more clear.