Kendelle Brooks, a Mathews High School freshman and member of the Mathews Chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, and his mentor Jennifer Shultz, a deputy with the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office, attended the first National Mentoring Summit in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 25 at the invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Brooks and Shultz served as representatives for the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation’s National Badges for Baseball Program, which pairs law enforcement officers with youth to teach kids the value of a healthy lifestyle, importance of setting goals, and how to achieve their goals by staying in school, not joining gangs, and staying away from drugs.
Shultz has been a School Resource Officer for the past five years and had the opportunity to become acquainted with Brooks initially through D.A.R.E. instruction. She has been his mentor for approximately four years, helping him make positive decisions toward his future.
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