Mentor spotlight: Loyce and Shirley Broughton
Loyce and Shirley Broughton are putting the sister act into mentoring. The sisters are both mentors for Communities in Schools of Rutherford County.
Loyce, 52, is self-employed in television sports broadcasting and has been a mentor for three years. Shirley, 68, is retired from New Life Bible Church in Tennessee and has been a mentor for two years.
The sisters answered some questions about why they chose to become mentors and advice they would give to others who were thinking about starting.
1. What prompted you to become a mentor?
Loyce: I attended a community event where I learned about the program and the need for mentors. I felt it was a way for me to have a direct and positive impact on a child and on the future of our community.
Shirley: Learned about the program from my sister, Loyce.
2. What is the best thing about being a mentor?
Loyce: Being able to share a little of my life knowledge with the younger generation.
Shirley: Knowing that you are making a difference in a student’s life and being able to encourage them to accomplish their dreams. I also find it rewarding to watch and listen as they open up to achieve a higher goal.
3. Share a story about being a mentor.
Loyce: The relationships I have with these children are very special to me - all I can say is that I hope I’m making a difference in their lives.
Shirley: In a nutshell, having a student tell me they made a score of 100 on a spelling test and a score of 84 on a math vocabulary test. I love listening to them share their dreams.
4. Who inspired you to mentor and why?
Loyce: I don’t think it was a person, but something I heard a long time ago about students whose parents stay involved in their children’s education and volunteer at their schools, maintain higher grades throughout their school careers. By helping another child, I also am helping my own.
Shirley: My sister Loyce.
5. What advice would you give to someone who was considering becoming a mentor?
Loyce: Don’t try to be hip or cool, just be yourself. Children are smart and they don’t appreciate you acting in particular way to impress them. They see right through that – just be yourself and let them know you care about them and their education.
Shirley: Commit to it with all of your heart; be yourself and continually encourage your students. They need friends they can count on and who care about them.