Mentor Spotlight: Randell Daniels
“I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.” - Ta-Nehisi Coates
How long have you been a member of DonCARES?
I have been a member of DonCARES since August 22, 2019
What advice do you have for prospective mentors?
I would advise prospective mentors to remember that empathy is key when it comes to building an effective relationship. I would suggest that mentors learn to understand and feel the experiences of their mentees so that deep, trust-filled relationships are formed.
What do you like most about DonCARES?
What I like most about DonCARES is the mentee-centered perspective it fosters. At DonCARES, both the leadership and volunteers realize that mentees are the most important part of the organization and therefore the central focus. I am always excited to hear how passionate the other volunteers are to create a lasting impact on someone else's life. I think that is pretty significant.
What is your proudest moment at DonCARES?
My proudest moment at DonCARES was the moment my mentee shared his love for music with me. When my mentee, Zyquell, talked about music, his face lit up and he smiled brightly. When Zyquell shared with me that he had written, recorded, and uploaded his music to Soundcloud using only a smart phone with a broken screen, I was astonished. That experience taught me not only how talented Zyquell is, but how resourceful he is.
What has being in a mentoring relationship taught you about yourself?
Being a mentor has taught me that I want to devote more of my life to the service of others. My mentoring relationship taught me that my greatest feelings of satisfaction would be born out of the contribution I make to others in a spirit of selflessness.