Mentor Spotlight: Shayla Chambers

Major: Communication Studies

Year: Rising Junior

Hometown: Bridgeport, Connecticut

What is your favorite quote?

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” (Alice Walker)

How long have you been a member of DonCARES of Philadelphia?

A little over a year.

What advice do you have for prospective mentors?

Upon meeting with your mentee, take the time to listen to what they have to say and how they feel in regards to anything, whether it be school, or any relative situation that they are experiencing. Try to use your own experiences and things that you’ve learned along the way and throughout college to share with them in hopes of creating a genuine impact.

What do you like most about DonCARES?

I like that DonCARES is made up of a lot of like-minded individuals that are interested in the same goal of positively impacting youth. I enjoy being able to provide good examples and positive representations (of color) for the children, as well.

What is your proudest moment at DonCARES?

One of my proudest moments at DonCARES was receiving the mentor of the month award. Another proud moment was the first SALT talks event at the U School; although it was a small group, it was great to see the students engaging and their receptiveness to what we had to share as a group and with our own individual experiences.

What has being in a mentoring relationship taught you about yourself?

Being in a mentoring relationship has taught me more about the importance of being a good listener and maintaining a positive yet realistic mentality. It has also made me more grateful for the opportunities that I have had.