Education Feature: Airmen take students under their wings

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Julian Gomez, left, sits with his mentor, Staff Sgt. Samuel Song, during geometry class at Yucca Middle School. The pair have been working together for about seven weeks as part of the school’s mentoring program with Cannon Air Force Base. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer In a classroom in […]

Education Feature: Yucca students mentor new classmates

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Eighth-graders Zackary Smith, left, and Edith Mendez help younger pupils find their way around Yucca Middle School. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Eighth-graders Edith Mendez and Zackary Smith remembered their first year at Yucca Middle School: “When we came here, we were freaked out,” Edith said. Finding their classrooms […]

No business owner should go it alone

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Guest columnist A business owner should be surrounded by people and mentors who can provide sound guidance, direction and encouragement on a consistent or as-needed basis. Lenders, accountants, insurance agents, vendors, business advisors and individuals knowledgeable in the industry can be the safety net for the business owner. These professionals are better […]

Mentoring a fundamental responsibility for all Airmen

Lt. Col. J. D. Bailey, II What is mentoring? It seems to have different meanings to different people. Some consider it a form of counseling, communicating or learning by example from someone usually senior to you. Others would simply call it leadership. But, whatever you choose to call it, it can certainly be beneficial to […]

Mentoring process essential to future, legacy of Air Force

Col. Robert West The true legacy of a leader is not a recollection of their accomplishments, but the performance of their people after they are gone. Have you ever wondered how your role model got to be where they are? Have you considered how you can help your subordinates or other young and talented individuals […]

Revived Big Brothers Big Sisters program unites children with mentors

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Kendall Christinson, 12, of Clovis plays a video game with his Big Brother partner Charles Murrell on Wednesday at Murrell’s home in Clovis. Christinson hopes to one day join the Air Force. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ correspondent Charles Murrell has been all over the world and never made a friendship […]