iC.A.R.E. To Make an Impact – Part III

Mistakes inspire iC.A.R.E. Mentor to positively influence students

According to Nicole McCoy, everyone seems to go to her for advice.

“I’ve always enjoyed helping kids by talking through their issues, whether I’m talking with my own kids or their friends,” she says.

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iC.A.R.E. mentor Nicole McCoy (left) with mentee, Robreal Arrington

McCoy, LPN, is a mother of three children, ages 13, 15 and 22. She is a mentor through iC.A.R.E. Mentoring, a program of United Way of Summit County, at Innes Community Learning Center.

“I experienced a teenage pregnancy, and I later ‘beat the odds’; I always wanted to go to school,” she says, adding she is now taking courses through Hondros College to earn her RN license. “When I was younger I wanted to be a pediatrician, but now I’m hoping to become an OBGYN in the NICU.”

McCoy hopes to encourage kids to never give up on their dreams, too.

“Everyone makes mistakes,” she says. “It’s difficult to go to school, especially when you have a family and you’re tired after working all day. When you’re younger it’s easier to go to school to achieve your goals.”

One of the first issues McCoy has tackled with mentee Robreal Arrington, a seventh grader, is her attitude.

“Your attitude and how you interact with others is everything,” McCoy says. She began meeting with Robreal in fall 2016.iC.A.R.E. Mentoring core concepts

“I’m learning how to make things better when I get in trouble at school,” Robreal says, adding she’s had a good experience with iC.A.R.E. Mentoring so far. “I won’t get in trouble anymore. My behavior is better now.”

McCoy says Robreal’s behavior landed her in detention more often when they first met; she had to learn how to think about consequences.

Now, Robreal learns better in class. She’s earning great grades – particularly in math class, her favorite subject – and she hopes to be a lawyer or accountant someday.