Jodi Gallant, a resident of Morningside in Miami near the Design District, was looking for another layer of meaning to her life. She had recently left the business world to raise her two young sons. After doing extensive research on volunteer opportunities, she found out about Take Stock in Children through a neighbor. The program’s flexibility and the opportunity to help a low-income teen go to college were a perfect fit.
For the past four years, Jodi has mentored with the Take Stock in Children Miami program. She says she enjoys teaching her mentees how to create success in their lives.
During a mentoring session, Jodi shared with her mentee, Victoria Haughton, the power of setting goals and writing them down to keep on track. One of her mentee’s goals was to showcase her art during the international art festival, Art Basel. Focused and driven, Victoria was able to feature her work and sell three of her paintings during the festival. Jodi says seeing Victoria achieve this important goal that emanated from a goal writing exercise was priceless.
Another mentee has plans to be a veterinarian but couldn’t find an internship. Jodi helped her make a plan of action to visit various vet clinics near her home and coached her on speaking with confidence. Amanda Huezo landed her internship on the second vet hospital she visited. Jodi says teaching lessons of resiliency and not giving up is as important as keeping her students on track with their grades and attendance.
For Jodi, mentoring has given her life more meaning. She believes 100% that education is the great equalizer. Her own young family was so inspired by her involvement with Take Stock in Children that her husband also became a mentor.