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Mentor Match of the Month: Conor and Adan, Regis Jesuit High School, Class of 2017

Name: Adan

How long have you been involved with BHGH? 6 years

Grade (if applicable): I am going to be a senior.

  1. What is it like being a mentee?

It is nice to be a mentee. It is a rewarding and fun experience. I first got my mentor when I was a middle schooler at St. Therese.

  1. What have you enjoyed most about your mentoring relationship so far?

I have enjoyed how far we have come together, since I’ve had my mentor for six years already. He has seen my progress over that time together.

  1. What types of activities do you do together?

I enjoy how much fun we have together. We used to go on his plane but now we go out to eat a lot. He lets me take Javier with me when we go to eat.

  1. Do you feel like your life is any different now than it was before you had a mentor?

I feel like having a mentor is like having another friend. It’s different now because my mentor has taken me to place I would never have experienced without him.

Conor sponsoring Adan at his Confirmation in 2013.
Conor sponsoring Adan at his Confirmation in 2013.

Name: Conor

How long have you been involved with BHGH? Since 2010

Age : 35

Profession: Finance

  1. How did you get involved with BHGH?

My dad was a past board member, and when I moved back to Denver in late 2009, I asked his advice on how to get involved at Regis Jesuit High School and St. Therese since I am an alumni of both.  He suggested BHGH since that was a perfect bridge between the two.

  1. What made you want to become a mentor?

I have been extremely fortunate.  Two great parents, access to private schools, etc.  I wanted to help someone else out directly.  Plus the team at BHGH made it easy to get things scheduled and coordinated.

  1. What have you enjoyed most about your mentoring relationship so far?

Watching Adan literally transform from a struggling young 6th grader into a man.  More specifically – there are a lot of brief moments where you get to feel so proud.  I was his Confirmation Sponsor, remember cheering in my office when I found out he got into Regis Jesuit, watched him speak at multiple BHGH events to mostly adult crowds (no easy task for any young man).  Laser tag back in the day was also a ton of fun.

  1. What types of activities do you do together?

We both have gotten busier lately, but typically we do things like play laser tag, race go karts, or fly around Denver in a small plane.  We have done a lot of lunches together and a few dinners too.  More recently we go to Dave and Busters since we both like video games.

  1. How do you feel like having a mentee has benefited you?

Few things feel better than spending time with someone special like Adan.  I know how clique that sounds but it’s true.  I get more out of this than Adan probably.

  1. What would you say to adults who are thinking about mentoring? Why would you recommend it?

Highly recommend it, though it takes a lot of time up front.  I have sensed that other mentors expect a relationship to happen overnight, and that isn’t the case. Even though mentors are doing great things, they typically do not have a ton in common with the mentees at first, and that’s perfectly okay.  In fact, it makes the relationship more special when you work together to figure each other out.  I was fortunate to be paired up with Adan and have thoroughly enjoyed the last 6 years.