Melina Shiraldi, esq.; Meadowlark Mentoring Chair
No one gets where they are without the help of others. It is important to give back when you can. Giving back is what UCLI mentors are doing.
Every week, UCLI mentors meet virtually with sixth grade students from Meadowlark Elementary, a Title I school in Salt Lake City. Meadowlark’s mission is to empower and equip students to be successful and confident lifelong learners. John Arthur, the 6th grade teacher who his students affectionately refer to as “Captain,” has such a passion and vision for his students. Captain was recently honored as the Utah Teacher of the Year.
Last year, through UCLI’s K-12 mentoring program, attorneys went into the classroom and encouraged students to consider a career in the law. This year everything changed. Captain knew his students were at a disadvantage trying to navigate and master remote learning. He asked if UCLI could help connect mentors with his students – imagining the impact that the attorneys could have on the future of his students.