When Cole connected to Goodwill’s GoodGuides mentoring program in the eighth grade, he was struggling.
He didn’t make friends easily, he was failing his classes, and he didn’t like school. “I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do everything I wanted without doing well in school, but I didn’t really care,” said Cole.
Cole and his mentor Bruce hit it off early in the year. “Bruce and I have pretty similar interests,” Cole said. “He treats me like a real person, not a counselor.”
GoodGuides and Bruce helped Cole see how far he could go if he was responsible. “The amount of effort you give [to school, your job, and relationships] is the amount you get back,” said Cole.
The program also helped Cole learn how to develop friendships. Now as a sophomore at West Valley High School, Cole has become the guy that befriends people who are alone. He is doing well in school and researching his dream of teaching music.
Bruce says he is proud of Cole for the awesome decisions he is making. “Cole has everything he needs to succeed,” said Bruce. “He just needs the encouragement.”
“GoodGuides is for people who want to make a change in their life,” said Cole. “I might have ended up in the same place eventually without GoodGuides, but it would have been much harder to get here.”