Sweetheart Andrea Dillion Makes Historic Impact Through Community Mentoring

Photo taken from the Ruston Daily Leader

ISI Baton Rouge President Sweetheart Andrea Dillion made her mark in history as one of the community mentors to lead Ruston Junior High School through the Teach One Lead One program, in which RJHS' seventh grade class became the first in the state of Louisiana to graduate from the national mentorship program.

Teach One Lead One matches students with community mentors who help guide them through the 14-week program, in which the mentors base their lessons off the program's "Universal Principles ( Humility, Courage, Compassion, Respect)." The purpose of this program is to teach students various way to grow within their communities and how to add value to society by building their moral character.

Each mentor is responsible for a section of each lesson, facilitating small group/large group discussions, and giving the youth real life scenarios/stories (something that they could relate to) to help them learn how to adapt and make healthy decisions.

For the past 3 months, Sweetheart Dillion has been a part of the program, meeting with the students once a week for an hour. In that short time span, her efforts in the program has not gone unnoticed, as she was given distinct honor of being recognized by the program on their social media and newspaper as one of the top mentors in the program.

"We showed them that we care what happens to them and their future," says Dillon, " I am looking forward to making a difference and impacting the future of our youth."

She plans to continue to mentoring students in the Ruston, Louisiana area, both on the elementary and secondary level.

Congratulations on a job well done Sweetheart Dillon.