Mountain mentor of the month: July 2017 | SummitDaily.com

Mountain mentor of the month: July 2017

Summit County Mountain Mentors wishes to recognize resident Lorraine Gill, left, as the program's mentor of the month for July 2017 following her ongoing work with mentee Aris.

Summit County Mountain Mentors, the community-based mentorship program matching caring volunteers with youths aged 8 to 16, would like to honor its Mentor of the Month for May, Lorraine Gill.

The mission of the program, now in its 30th year, is to positively influence the county's youth to lead healthy lifestyles through a consistent, one-on-one relationship with an adult. Research shows this connection can help young people overcome life challenges as well as learn skills that may prove valuable in the mentee's development.

With Gill's granddaughters living in Denver and growing up, she missed playing with kids and had a desire to fill a void in a child's life. That's when she met Aris and immediately received a reminder on the benefits of being a young person's guide.

"Seeing the world through a child's eyes and remembering that usually it is the simple things that matter," said Gill of her favorite part of mentorship.

Many children in the county apply and wait several months before being matched, just looking for someone who will matter in their lives. If you're considering becoming a Mountain Mentor, Gill said being open with the organization's staff about your interests so they can find the best match is the way to go.

For more information about the program, or to learn more about becoming a Mountain Mentor, visit: co.summit.co.us/332/Mountain-Mentors