Person Who Changed My Lifeby Matilda Cuomo
At some point in the odyssey of our lives, most of us have been affected by caring adults who made a difference -- their advice, guidance, and example have helped us to encounter the world. The Person Who Changed My Life is a collection of essays in which individuals who have distinguished themselves in their fields write about the men and women who served as their mentors.
Among the contributors in this new and expanded edition are Edward Asner, Alec Baldwin, Joy Behar, Kenneth Cole, Mario M. Coumo, Cindy Crawford, Walter Cronkite, Hugh Downs, Marian Wright Edelman, Gloria Estefan, Whoopi Goldberg, Tipper Gore, Pete Hamill, James Earl Jones, Larry King, Maya Lin, Peter Max, John McCain, General Colin Powell, Tony Randall, Christopher Reeve, Tim Russert, Diane Sawyer, Martin Sheen, Joe Torre, Stanley Tucci, Lillian Vernon, and many more.
The seventy-seven contributors evoke the people who had a lasting influence on their personal or professional lives. In so doing, they tell us something very meaningful about themselves. In this varied collection of essays, the word mentor takes on many different meanings -- we read about favorite teachers, close friends, older coworkers, and even fictional characters.
In the Foreword, Hillary Rodham Clinton writes about her own experiences with mentoring and emphasizes the importance of getting involved in programs to help children in the early grades by giving them positive adult role models. And in the Introduction, Matilda Raffa Cuomo describes how mentoring works and how you can become a mentor and start a mentoring organization in your community.
These informative and heartfelt essays by people who have excelled in their professions by hard work, perseverance, and, most importantly, the helpful assistance of others, will inspire readers to become mentors and influence the lives of children in their communities. In his essay, Pete Hamill writes about how several mentors played a role in his life and discusses the importance of developing an internal mentor who is "a composite of a number of people, those we know and those we have never met."
The Person Who Changed My Life paints a moving portrait of human service, community involvement, and simple compassion. And its stories of success are testimony to the long-lasting impact a mentor can have.
About the Editor:
In 1987 Matilda Raffa Cuomo, a former First Lady of New York State, established the first statewide school-based one-to-one mentoring program in New York, which in 1995 evolved into Mentoring USA, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to implementing mentor programs for at-risk children in grades K-8. Mrs. Cuomo lives in New York City with her husband, Mario. They have five children and nine grandchildren.
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