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Our hard-working Site Coordinators rely on community volunteers to help students succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. This month, we are spotlighting Venessa and Jefferey Lewis. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis first got involved with CISDR a few years ago, when their kids were attending Frankford Middle School in Plano. After reading about us in the school newsletter, they volunteered for one-on-one mentoring, helping to lend an ear to our middle schoolers even after their own kids moved on to high school.

Mrs. Lewis says that the most important aspect of mentoring is listening. She says that, if you listen, the students will tell you what obstacles they’re facing. Being an open listener can help these kids see their outcomes differently, from a more positive, less defensive position. Connecting with their families can also make a big difference, especially for students without a father figure. Meanwhile, Mr. Lewis says that the most rewarding aspect of being a CISDR mentor is seeing the positive impact on a mentee’s life. The greatest feeling in the world is a sincere thanks from a child who you have watched grow up into a successful young adult.

We are always looking for more volunteers like Mr. and Mrs. Lewis. We have openings at elementary, middle and high schools across the Dallas region. To learn more about how you or your organization can get involved, please email