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Carrie Unpingco and Elsa Prieto-Lopez | Mentor of the Month

Elsa Prieto-Lopez and Carrie Unpingco have fun together in the Family Resource Center Mentor Program. - Submitted photo
Elsa Prieto-Lopez and Carrie Unpingco have fun together in the Family Resource Center Mentor Program.
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Mentor of the Month is a monthly feature. To learn more about the Family Resource Center's mentor program, call 378-5246.

Mentor name and occupation: Carrie Unpingco, San Juan County Telepsychiatry Project assistant.

Mentee name, age and year in school: Elsa Prieto-Lopez, 11, seventh grade.

How long have you been meeting? 13 months.

What do you usually do together? Hike, do homework, watch movies, swim, make dinner, listen to music, talk, and play with Carrie’s dachshund, Stretch.

What do you have in common? We have a lot in common and never have trouble finding fun things to do together. We both like to laugh, do anything active, listen to music, and watch movies.

What is one favorite memory from your time together? Carrie: Movie nights with Elsa at my house! Elsa: The first time we met. We walked around town, talked, and got to know each other.

Any future plans for activities you haven’t tried yet? We are trying to plan a summer weekend to go to the Birch Bay Waterslides in Blaine.

Was the program just like you thought it would be, or different? How? Carrie: The program turned out to be a lot more rewarding than I thought it would be. I’ve learned a lot from Elsa, especially how to lighten up and have more fun. Elsa: The program is like I thought it would be. It is as fun as I hoped it would be!

Would you recommend the program to others? Why or why not? Carrie: I would definitely recommend the program to others. Every kid can benefit from having an adult in their life who can be supportive and a good friend. Elsa: Yes, I would recommend the program to others because it’s fun and you get to meet a new person. What could be better than that?

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