At Inner City Outreach, we encourage teenagers to give back to their community by serving at the after-school programs. After volunteering for a period of time, they are given honourariums for their mentoring commitment. Meet Livion, one of our awesome Youth Mentors.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Livion and I’m 16 years old. I’m in grade 12 at Westview Centennial.

2. How did you first get connected with ICO? When did you start volunteering?

I started volunteering last year, around March. I got connected through Pastor John Knight at Christian Centre Church.

3. What’s the most enjoyable part about working with kids?

Easiest part I would say is probably when we go to the gym and do fun activities. What I find funny is when they get at each and they are so young…they are so serious about it, but it’s nothing serious.

4. Is there anything you’ve been challenged by through your experience with the kids?

The most challenging thing is when they get rowdy and they lose focus because they can get wild at times.

5. Is there something that you appreciate more from your childhood, now that you’re older?

Yeah, I appreciate that I had mentors around me.

5. Are there any differences between kids these days compared to when you were growing up?

I would say kids these days are more respectful and listening better. That’s my impression right now.