Christmas is indeed the season of coming together, and nowhere was that spirit more evidenced than on Dec. 6 at a local restaurant.

On that evening, mentors and mentees from Western Youth Network were hosted for the organization’s “annual feast,” an event brimming with gratitude, and not the least of which was for the restaurant and an anonymous donor who paid for the meals of all 62 attendees.

WYN’s core mission envelopes the essence of the holidays — bringing together High County youths with mentors in an effort to provide not only a positive role model, but a friend.

As such, there is a seasonal lesson for all of us in the organization’s agenda — all adults act wittingly or unwittingly as mentors at one time another, and all of us have a part in raising a community.

When it comes to what we show our children and teens, it’s clear that it isn’t only Santa who is watching. It’s also clear that the relationships built through WYN only begin with the holidays.

January is National Mentoring Month. To learn more about what that means, visit

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