Jesse B. and Melissa
My mentor Melissa and I met through a program that Silver Lining Mentoring offers called the Learn and Earn program in 2017. It was my first time ever getting involved with Silver Lining. Since then, Melissa has helped me achieve many milestones and goals I had set. She helped me open a bank account, get a permit, get my Massachusetts ID, and she even supported me through high school to my graduation.
My relationship with Melissa is very unique – we have formed a special bond over the years and have gotten to know each other really well. Our personalities match very well together and we have many things in common. We are both animals lovers, we are both part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and we both have similar interests. We go out and do many different things depending on the day, and depending how we are feeling it can range from going out to eat, watching movies, playing board and card games, or going to animal shelters to see all the cute animals.
Success can look different to different people. For me it is something that you have accomplished or overcome and have learned and grown from. That is exactly what Melissa has helped me do, and she is always there for me no matter what.