Joshua Anderson - Volunteer, UR Mentoring Network
Joshua Anderson, a junior at the University of Richmond from Woodbridge, VA, is a mentoring volunteer with UR Mentoring Network. Although Joshua has a full schedule as a student athlete – he plays defensive back on the University’s football team – he decided to get into mentoring because of the positive impact it had one of his childhood friends.
“I started mentoring because, beginning in middle school, my best friend was mentored. To see his transformation, from where he was in life to what he became, it was amazing. He is now enrolled at Allegheny College getting a degree in communication. I wanted to have that same impact on someone’s life, changing it for the better, and potentially being a factor in their success.”
UR Mentoring Network is a student run mentoring group that sends students to John Marshall High School in Richmond, VA. According to Joshua, John Marshall High School students struggle with poverty, low graduation rates, and chronic stress, so one way to support the student community is by coming alongside these students and providing a helping hand. UR Mentoring Network provides mentors with significant training, and mentors care for their students in a wide variety of ways, such as ACT/SAT test prep, mental health advising, and tutoring.
So far, UR Mentoring Network has enjoyed great success and the program continues to grow its footprint. Joshua plans to continue mentoring throughout his collegiate career. “I want to help young people reach their potential.”