Volunteering: Slater’s Mentee Graduates With Honors

For the past three years CFM's Elizabeth Slater (left) has mentored AnnaJoy Gillis, a graduating senior at Portland's Franklin High School.After three years of mentoring, a Franklin High School student in Portland has graduated with distinction, thanks to CFM Senior Public Affairs Associate Elizabeth Slater.

Elizabeth volunteered her time to Minds Matter, a national program with chapters in seven cities. She was paired with AnnaJoy Gillis, then a sophomore. AnnaJoy graduated this month at the top of her class and is headed to Wellesley College on a full-ride scholarship to study politics.

Just as all the other students in the Minds Matter program, AnnaJoy was a motivated student from a low-income family. She worked with Elizabeth and her co-mentor to make sound academic and extracurricular choices to round out her resume. AnnaJoy attended a mock-trial program at Georgetown University after her sophomore year and a quantum mechanics program at Brown University a year later.

For four hours every Saturday during the school year, 45 sophomores, juniors and seniors from the Portland area came to Self Enhancement, Inc. in North Portland to receive tutoring, standardized test preparation and mentoring. Minds Matter is a non-profit organization with an all-volunteer staff.

In addition to mentoring, Elizabeth serves as the organization's volunteer director of communications.

“We are proud of Beth's dedication to Minds Matter. Her work is an outstanding example of how CFM employees are playing a constructive role in our community,” says CFM President Gary Conkling.