Former New York first lady Matilda Raffa Cuomo speaks about the importance of mentoring children

Posted at 1:59 PM, Jun 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-28 13:59:19-04

First Lady Michelle Obama has said:  “Kids don’t need you to be superman.  They just need you to be there.  They need you to be someone they can count on. It’s about building that trust…providing comfort and stability in a world that often lacks both.”

In the highly competitive, complex world in which we live today, our kids need guidance. Too many come from broken or abusive homes, or are victims of bullying.

Fortunately many of those negatives have been transformed into positives through mentoring programs like the one founded by the former First Lady of New York, Matilda Raffa Cuomo.

Back in 1987, while her husband was serving as governor, she founded a program designed to prevent child abuse, strengthen families, promote adoption for foster care children and prevent school dropout.

Above all, it’s mission was to be a beacon of hope for children who felt hopeless, to build self esteem.

The group she founded is known as “Mentoring USA”.

Since its inception, more than 5,000 people have been mentored, some of them quite famous, who share their stories in Mrs. Cuomo’s book, The Person Who Changed My Life.

The book is now in its third printing.