Extraordinary People: Mentor helps students reach their full potential

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - When students get dropped off at the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester, many are looking forward to an afternoon or an evening of fun, but thanks to Sean Smith, many are also thinking about a much brighter future.

"Mr. Smith is a role model for the youth," said Robert Miller, a senior at Rochester Academy. "He cares, and he shows that he cares."

Most days you'll find Smith, an education coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club, working with kids on their school work. Smith is more than just a teacher to them -- he's a friend. 

"Mentor, teacher, I'm everything that needs to be done so the kids know the importance of doing homework, what is the end goal of doing homework, so my job is just mainly to nurture them," said Smith.

"He has embedded in me the will to do better for myself academically, colleges, and how to focus on the bigger picture and not just now, because before I had no clue where I wanted to go," said Miller.

After more than 14 years in his role at the Boys & Girls Club, Smith said he's had opportunities for leave, but staying here is far more important to him. 

"Anderson, Vivica, Robert, Sasha, all the kids I've helped graduate, go on to college, start families," said Smith. "Even when I can't remember their names 'hey, Mr. Smith, I remember you,' that's my biggest reward."

Students look forward to continuing to work with Smith in the days, weeks, and years ahead.


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