Mentor returns | Brimbank and North West

Luis Rojas hopes his volunteer work through EdConnect will help make a difference in the life of a young Brimbank student.

Mr. Rojas joined EdConnect, an organization that provides one-on-one tutoring to needy students and classroom assistance with subjects like arithmetic, reading, or science, because he wanted to give back to the community.

He meets with the student for approximately one hour per week at school to offer social and emotional support.

“He’s a great kid, very smart, teachers say he can be disruptive, but he has a heart of gold. He speaks highly of his family and his goals in life,” Rojas said.

“Usually I meet him in the classroom and we go out on the playground and kick a soccer ball or sit in the library and play a game.

“I’m there as a friend, just guiding you to reflect on your actions so you can make better decisions.”

EdConnect Liaison Officer Rhonda Velkovski said the volunteers helped build students’ self-esteem and engagement in the school.

“Luis has been a positive, caring and committed role model and has made a real and lasting difference to this elementary school, the staff, the students and the community at large,” he said.

EdConnect is looking for more volunteers to help support students in West Melbourne. Details: www.edconnect.org.au/volunteer, [email protected] or 1800668550

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