Stacy started mentoring with Third Way Center in October of 2015 after mentoring homeless youth at Urban Peak since the 90's. Stacy is a retired teacher of at-risk juveniles in a maximum security detention setting and knows that spending one on one time with youth can really have a great impact in their personal, social, and academic growth. Stacy originally became involved with Third Way Center as a freelance photographer for Blacktie-Colorado, covering fundraising events. While working in the detention center with pre-adjudicated juveniles, Third Way Center had an accredited high school program for committed youth that was highly effective and well respected. Since her career as a teacher Stacy has given back greatly to the Denver community. "To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person, you may be the world."
Stacy enjoys spending time experiencing art, going to sporting events, spending time outside, and having fun meals with her mentee. "She is exposed to things that she otherwise wouldn't experience, and we have conversations that may be more comfortable than with her social worker or therapist." Stacy says, "Being a mentor has enabled me to feel like I am truly making a difference in those whose lives I touch and it gives me a sense of accomplishment." She enjoys working as a team with the treatment staff at Third Way Center to help give her mentee a brighter future.
"I encourage anyone who has the time to commit an hour or two per week to check out the mentoring program at Third Way Center. Your passion and energy will change lives in immeasurable ways. It's easier and more rewarding that you'd imagine."
We thank Stacy for her time and commitment to changing lives at Third Way Center. She truly is a valuable asset to our Mentor Program.