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CELEBRATING OUR PARTNERSHIPS – Star Partner, Moon Mountain District AVA

This month, we are excited to highlight Moon Mountain District AVA for their exceptional support of our programs. It takes a diverse array of community contributions to power our initiatives—from auction donations and event speaking opportunities to financial contributions and promotional support through local businesses. We are deeply grateful for every aspect of this support. […]

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Alumni Mentee Profile: Itzel’s Journey of Discovery and Giving Back

Meet Itzel. Itzel’s mentorship journey began in the vibrant halls of her first-grade classroom, a journey marked by profound connections and the transformative power of guidance and support. Her path took a pivotal turn with the loss of her first mentor, leading to a life-changing relationship in fourth grade with her mentor, Connie. This relationship

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Why I Mentor: A Reflection from Joe.

Two plus years ago, my mentoring journey commenced in December, fueled by a deep-seated desire to contribute to my community. This calling didn’t surface spontaneously; it had been simmering within me since 2014. The pivotal moment occurred in July 2015, during Sonoma’s 4th of July parade, where I spotted the Mentoring Alliance—an indelible memory that lingered for years. As

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Beyond Real Estate: Daniel Casabonne’s Unique Contribution to Sonoma’s Youth

Our program is a beacon of hope and support for its youth, thanks to the diverse contributions of our community members. One such individual is Daniel Casabonne, a successful realtor whose unique approach to philanthropy is making a significant impact to us – and to all of the kids who rely on our program. Daniel’s

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Meet Sharon and Leo – Giving Back one Hour at a Time

Sharon’s decision to become a mentor in Sonoma, even while working and traveling for her job, reflects her deep commitment to making a positive impact on her community. Her initial perception that mentoring might only be possible after retirement changed when she received the simple but powerful advice: “It’s an hour a week.” This advice

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Unlocking Potential: Meet Danny – A Lifelong Believer in the Transformative Power of Mentoring

THIS IS OUR WHY Danny’s journey as a mentor started at the age of 28, a pivotal point in his life when he realized the impact a mentor had on his own path. Reflecting on his own experience being mentored by someone 16 years his senior when he was just 12, he recognized the profound

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One Tuesday at a Time: A Journey of Mentoring, Friendship, and Growth

The Transformative Power of Donations The transformative power of donations cannot be underestimated in making the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance possible. Events such as the upcoming Summer Soirée are pivotal in funding these programs, enabling countless mentor-mentee matches like Sue and Rodrigo’s to flourish.  This is our WHY. Ten years ago, Sue arrived in Sonoma,

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