Next time, Andre and Jordan walked to a park with the tuned-up bike. Jordan was scared of falling on the sidewalk, so Andre instructed him to practice in the grass. Andre ran behind, holding the seat.
“The smile on Jordan’s face when he finally found his balance was priceless,” Andre said. “Right there — that’s why I became a Friends First mentor.”
Riding bikes became Jordan and Andre’s thing. They started out small, pedalling around the park, but soon branched out to explore different neighborhoods. Once Jordan built up enough confidence, Andre suggested the ultimate outing: a bike ride along Chicago’s lakefront.
This was a dream come true for Jordan, who always felt that downtown, the skyline, and the lake was another world away. Not anymore. Now, the city feels accessible, like it belongs to him. And there’s so much more for Jordan to discover, thanks to Andre, his Friends First mentor.
It’s easy to make a difference, like Andre did. Just being present and being yourself is all it takes.
Friends First is always looking for mentors, especially men from diverse backgrounds. Kids like Jordan are waiting for people to be that spark of inspiration in their lives. Maybe that’s you, or someone you know.