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Welcome to our Blog! We post weekly articles written on a variety of topics from a variety of people, including our staff, volunteers, community members, and our parents and youth. The Voices of our Blog are opinion pieces, reflecting the diverse experiences and viewpoints of our community. These articles are not meant to represent the views of everyone at FCNI, our Board of Directors and staff, or present a definitive policy statement, but are designed to be informative and thought-provoking.

Mentee Becomes the Mentor: A Mentor’s Reflection

by
Matt Hanley, edited by Sarah Davenport
January, 27, 2021 -

January is National Mentor Month, and during the month we like to honor all of the different individuals who volunteer their time and energy to support our community’s youth and families. At FCNI, we have multiple volunteer roles, including mentor, tutor, career mentor and admin volunteer; and all of these roles directly help us achieve our mission, “to enhance the wellbeing of children, youth and families in partnership with our community.” Matt Hanley, a local attorney, is currently a Mentor with us.

Lessons: A Mentor Reflection

edited by Sarah Davenport
by
January, 20, 2021 -

Mentoring with the Family Care Network has been an amazing experience; so much so that I can’t imagine stopping even though my one year commitment is complete. When I first decided to volunteer with children, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I knew I liked kids, but was afraid that they wouldn’t like me. And I had no idea if I could legitimately be called a patient or flexible person. But after mentoring a 14 year old girl for 12 months, I feel like I’ve learned a ton, especially about who I am as a person.

Shaping the Future: A Career Mentor’s Perspective

by
Brian Reid, FCNI Resources Engagement Coordinator, with special contribution by Steven Smeets, FCNI Career Mentor
January, 13, 2021 -

With January being National Mentor Month, Family Care Network wants to honor the many different individuals in our community who volunteer their time and energy to support our kids. We have several different types of volunteering opportunities available but one we are highlighting today has a career focus. FCNI’s Career Mentors engage in one time meetings with our local youth who are interested in learning more about a specific career path.

Tough Decisions & Hard Work

by
Jim Roberts, Founder/CEO
January, 6, 2021 -

Welcome to 2021. After the unforgettable, excruciating events of last year, most people are crawling to the door of change, desperate for fresh air and fresh hope! I’m just not so sure that there will be a bright line of distinction between 2020 and 2021. Truth is, plan on stumbling through the fog and traversing the quagmire produced by this pandemic along with our broken political system. But, as I have stated before, this season will pass. Now is the time for Tough Decisions and Hard Work!

Year 33

Undaunted Perseverance
by
Jim Roberts, CEO
December, 31, 2020 -

On June 30th, 2020, the Family Care Network completed its 33rd year as a Public Benefit corporation serving the Central Coast. We started the year with great plans, were moving forward right on schedule, making remarkable progress, excited about the future, and then boom – everything seemed to explode! This is life, it happens to all of us, the Family Care Network is no exception. The operative question – what is our capacity to rise to the occasion and meet the day-to-day challenges head-on, undaunted, and without complaint? In essence, can we persevere? Welcome to FY 2019/2020, FCNI Year 33!

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