Student to Mentor: Why Mentoring Matters

Our Firewall Mentors are the core of what we do to transform students into servant leaders. Some of our best mentors are Firewall alumni. They are servant leaders and incredible role models for our students.

This year, we are excited to have a mentor who graduated from our Western High program, Zack Ortega. He has been a part of Firewall from the 7th grade through high school graduation.

Firewall mentors helped him academically and in developing positive social and behavioral skills throughout his middle and high school years. During High School, he struggled with academics and Firewall mentors were there to tutor him and keep him focused on his work.
Zack is now enrolled at Broward College. He is studying Emergency Medical Services with plans to become a firefighter. Zack serves at our Flamingo Elementary center, tutoring and mentoring a group of students who are much like he was growing up.

When asked about his experience as a Firewall mentor Zack said, “Working at Firewall has given me more patience then I could have ever imagined, especially with the elementary school kids. Now that I am a mentor, I understand exactly what my mentors were thinking. The best thing about working at Firewall is seeing the students grow.”

We couldn’t agree more, Zack. Way to go!