For our third installment of “Why I Mentor,” we talked with Lydia Sax, Account Planning Manager for de Novo Marketing, who shared her favorite parts about mentoring.


Throughout my entire life I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by strong female role models—my mom and step-mom, my grandmothers, and the wonderful women I work with every day. And I’ve always felt the need to “pay it forward.”


About a year ago, I asked myself: How can I impact the life of a young girl? How can I help her build confidence?


As someone who has struggled with confidence her whole life, I know the value of having mentors, and I hoped I could do the same for someone else some day. And so, I decided to become a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sister of Johnson County.


I was paired with Lexi, an incredibly smart and kind 11-year-old who is wise beyond her years. As we come upon our one-year match anniversary, I can’t help but reflect and think that deciding to become a Big Sister was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.


I love being a mentor, but in turn, Lexi has also taught me so much. Whether it’s a long talk over hot cocoa, or learning how to fish at Lake Wapello, the time we spend together is invaluable. It’s the small acts in life that make the greatest impact, and if you’re interested in becoming a mentor, I can’t recommend it enough. You will be making an impact in the life of a young person that will stay with them the rest of their life.


If you’re interested in learning more about how you can get involved as a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County, I encourage you to visit their website: