Tuesday, June 23, 2009

When programs connect...

This is a picture of Erin and Symone Smith from our November Mentor Day excursion to Sharp's Farm in Maryland. Erin and Symone participated in the 2008-2009 Mentor Program, traveling to various Mentor Day events throughout the year and forming a relationship while spending time together on their own.

At right is a picture of Symone and Senator Byron Dorgan taken during the TMA Job Shadow Day program. Symone's mentor Erin works for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs headed by Sen. Dorgan. Erin arranged for Symone to spend the day working in Sen. Dorgan's office as part of our Job Shadow program.

This is a great example of what can happen our students form relationships with community members: our programs ultimately become better and more fulfilling for everyone involved.

Erin and Symone, you rock.


  1. Tim,

    This is a great post and a great blog. It's encouraging to be able to follow the wonderful work both you and TMA are doing for your students. Your dedication is inspiring as well as admirable. Keep up the good work sir!


    D. Evans

  2. Thanks for writing about us Tim! Symone is amazing and I have learned so much from her. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be involved in such a cool program.


  3. I have seen Senator Dorgan before on the floor of the U.S. Senate from the galleries. He really is a great speaker and just a generally nice guy. He is such a hard worker too, its takes a long time for a member to earn a committee chairmanship, so its cool that he is the chairman of the Committee on Indiana Affairs.