Mentor of the Year develops lasting friendship with mentee

Published: Jan. 9, 2019 at 3:11 PM CST
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Companions for Children is a non-profit organization that partners a child with a mentor through their adolescence.

We met with the Male Mentor of the Year and his mentee to find out the true meaning of friendship.

Jameson Eaton and Ryan Pederson aren't related, but they have still developed a close bond.

Jameson and Ryan were paired up through the companions for children program.

They visit as much as they can, despite their very different schedules.

"About two times each month or sometimes more than that," said Jameson.

This partnership continues to grow, past their one-year contract.

"We actually extended it longer, too, cause we like hanging out with each other, so we're going to keep it going," said Ryan.

The two have come together as friends, a brotherhood that each relies on.

"When you're with a companion, you can develop great socialization skills and learn some stuff about your companion and what they do," said Jameson.

Jameson says he learns a lot from his older and wiser mentor.

But Ryan admits that he's learned a lot from the process as well.

"He's really taught me to be a good friend and I appreciate that" said Ryan.

Developing a friendship that will live on even after the mentorship comes to an end.