Autumn is one of the more enjoyable times in a child's life. There are several outdoor activities, festivals and fairs. The days and evenings are crisp and perfect for outdoor time with your family.

Tyler's family is large, and all female. He doesn't have any male role models in his life. Unfortunately, Tyler's family doesn't share the same interests as he does, so he is hoping that one day he will have a mentor and role model who does - so he can enjoy these fall evenings like he wants to.

Tyler is waiting right now for a mentor through the Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP). He has been waiting for a while.

"Tyler needs a mentor so he can have someone to do fun things with," Jill Hampton, JUMP program manager said. "Tyler is a wonderful child, very kind and helpful - but he doesn't always think things through like most 9 year olds," she added.

Tyler's mentor would have to be caring and patient with him, and help him explore the world around him and provide a positive outlook. His mother says that he could really use a good male role model.

It may take some time for Tyler to get out of his shell, Hampton said. He needs a mentor who will be patient and understand that it takes time to build a relationship. Tyler likes to play on the computer, play board games, do puzzles, play cards, and do crafty projects. He also really enjoys learning about animals and history - and enjoys going to museums, parks and zoos.

Tyler also has stated that he would love to learn how to fish as he has never done that before.

"Along with wanting to learn how to fish, Tyler wants to learn more about the

rocks he collects - he says he loves to collect cool looking rocks," Hampton said.

A mentor who can help provide these simple activities to Tyler will help him grow up to be a man who knows that there are adults in his life who care about him and who want to see him grow to become a successful person.

To become a mentor to a boy like Tyler you must be at least 18 years of age and have a passion make a difference in the life of a child.

"Your relationship with a boy like Tyler can make a huge impact in his life and may even prevent him from making mistakes later in life," Hampton said.

To become a mentor and help deplete the growing waiting list of boys who desire and need a mentor, you may call Hampton at 362-0694 ext. 12.