In advance of the 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Awards Ceremony on April 13, we are taking the next few weeks to feature the honorees in our “50 Faces of Volunteers” recognition series. Mentors are incredible volunteers, and we are proud to highlight their commitment and dedication. This week, we want to share Amber Linderbaum’s story.
Amber has been a mentor for over four years with the Valley Mentoring Program in Elgin, Iowa. As a teacher, she is committed to education and youth development. Amber deeply understands the need for all students to have caring adults in their lives in order to help them navigate challenges and build positive life skills. Amber is a tireless advocate for youth mentoring, and is always recruiting for the program by providing information to youth mentees and inviting colleagues to serve as mentors.
Amber’s mentee is proud to tell people that she will be the first person in her family to graduate high school and attend college. She credits Amber for helping her with homework, setting ambitious goals, exploring career options, and touring college campuses. Amber’s passion and enthusiasm has reached beyond her mentee and the Valley Mentoring Program, she is truly a transformative force in her community. She influences the lives of her students, colleagues, and neighbors every day by setting an example of how an optimistic, caring, and committed role model can change the course of a person’s life. Amber will receive the 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award, the most prestigious state honor a mentor can receive, at the State Capitol on April 13. The award will be presented by the Iowa Mentoring Partnership.
Thank you for your service, Amber!
What’s your 50? For more information about the Governor’s Call to Service, and to find volunteer opportunities statewide, visit https://volunteeriowa.org/whats-your-50.
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