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Andy Stenberg

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:21 PM EDT
Our lives can get so busy we often don't get to spend enough time with those we love most.   

Despite the demands of work and family, our Person of the Week is committed to mentoring boys without a father or male role model in their lives.

It's part of program he co-founded and as News 13's Larry Blunt found out, it's already making a difference for dozens of boys.     

"Oh you're in trouble!", in a game where the final score doesn't matter, it's who shows up.

"It's just like having a dad, I mean we do fun things."

For 13 year old Taylor Rhodes, it means having a male role model.  Something largely missing since his father died in an accident ten years ago.

Renee Rhodes, mother, "here is a young boy looking for a male role model, maybe not a father or father figure but someone to take that role and maybe guide him in a way I can't."

Andy Stenberg has giving some of that guidance.  He co-founded the group, Mentoring Matters, a faith based program of men volunteering one hour a week.

Andy Stenberg, "Person of the Week", "we're trying to be a friend.  I'not trying to be a father, but i'm trying to be a male role model that's gonna speak into the life of that fatherless boy."

After they've gone through background screening, volunteer mentors go through training in classes before being matched with a boy.   Most of the kids are on waiting lists with the Salvation Army or Boys and Girls club.

Butch Robinson, volunteer mentor, "just a glimmer of hope where they can gravitate to something positive in their life."

Brian Guengerich, Boys & Girls Club, "whether it's playing basketball one day and not saying anything or sitting down and talking and opening up.  Well they help me with a lot of stuff."

Stuff that can make a difference now and later in life.

"There are boys out there with broken hearts all over the place and you don't have to look far to find them.  They're in your neighborhood, in your schools."
"They're mothers love them just as much as my wife loves our kids, but that male role model is missing."

Andy Stenberg somehow makes time for his own family, work and 14 boys he calls mentees.

"All the kids are great kids.  These are not juvenile delinquents that we're mentoring.  They're just boys who don't have a dad."

So far the program has 150 mentors, "90 percent of mentoring is just showing up."

Andy and co-founder Kevin Geegan have set a goal of getting a thousand men to volunteer as mentors, just one hour a week.  

To learn more about the program, click here. Andy Stenberg

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