Making a Difference with Friendship

Whether it’s volunteering at a baseball game for a bunch of energetic elementary school boys who happen to have autism or organizing a prom for special-needs teenagers, Lauren Brewington, a recent Naches High School graduate and youth mentor has done it all in the last five years.

She has coaxed shy teens onto the dance floor until they are laughing and jumping around to Justin Beiber and she has patiently helped a frustrated little girl kick a soccer ball, wrap a gift to give a parent, and befriended dozens of children and teens with special needs who have basked in the attention of someone who adores them just as they are.

As a mentor, youth works council member and a puppeteer with Kids on the Block, Lauren’s after school activities have had a life-changing impact on her future. Lauren will attend Eastern Washington University in the fall to pursue a special-education degree.

At 13-years-old, Lauren completed the mentorship training through Children’s Village, spending time with special needs children at various Children’s Village hosted activities. “I just really like helping kids realize they can do stuff,” Lauren said.

Simple in nature, but profound in impact, Lauren’s extension of friendship will make a difference for years to come.

For more information on becoming a youth mentor, call Children’s Village at (509) 574-3200/

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