For the past two years, LA Kings staff members served as mentors to high school seniors from City Honors College Preparatory in Inglewood, CA.
The two groups met monthly as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Worksite Mentorship Program.
The bigs and littles met once a month to discuss various topics on personal and professional development. The sessions, which were facilitated by a BBBS Program Manager, were designed to help map out the students' futures and give them a professional adult mentor to guide them along the way.
As Kings Senior Marketing Manager Dominque DiDia said, "it was so inspiring to be able to learn about my littles hopes and dreams, and what it's like to be a teenager now in today's society. I feel very fortunate that we were able to get to know our littles over these past two years, and thankful for being a part of this program!"
To celebrate the end of the program and the littles high school graduation, the Kings hosted the college-bound seniors for a Papa John's pizza lunch and some ice skating fun at Toyota Sports Center.
"This was my first year doing the program, and I realized quickly that being a big was an incredibly meaningful experience for me, and my relationship with my little grew quickly. Although my involvement was brief, my little made a great impact on me, and I feel like I made a positive impact on her life as well. I can't wait to continue our relationship along her future endeavors and see what she accomplishes," said Kings Ticket Sales and Service Account Executive Morgan Poulsen.
Clearly, it was more than just a meaningful experience for the students, but for all of the staff involved, too.