This post begins the first of a monthly ‘share your story’ series of youth who have embodied our brand: “Where Street IQ Meets Book IQ.” We encourage you to share this story with the hope that other youth will come forward and share their story, as well. We need your help to spread the message about the importance of mentoring. Here’s our interview with 18-year-old Dorian Crutcher of Cooper Valley, California.
We’ve heard from Kevin and Terry said you started your own company at age 16 and you also received your pilot license. You’re now 18 years old and you’ve just graduated from High School. Can you tell us your future plans?
I plan to attend UC Davis to obtain a degree in Business and Engineering as I’d like to start my own aviation company.
Tell us about your business.
My business is called Cans4Care and basically what we do is collect recyclable items to recycle and help other non-profits and student scholarship programs.
Tell us your story – what’ve you done with Kevin and Terry – and how they’ve helped to mold you.
With Cans4Care, Terry has been there with me from the beginning and he taught me about giving back, branding, and supporting others. Kevin has been an inspiration and he’s encouraged my education. They’ve both been great mentors.
What challenges have you faced and overcome?
It’s sometimes difficult to juggle the workload of school and the business. Luckily, my family has been really supportive.
What’s your dream for the future?
I hope to graduate from college, have my business already set up. I also hope to give back and create jobs for America.
Kevin says that all great leaders have discipline. How have Kevin and Terry taught you discipline.
I actually learned discipline from my father. I’ve been taught to be persistent, to create what people need, and to come out of my shell. I’ve also been shown to have a level head and always have patience. Most of all, I’ve learned how to work with people.
What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned from mentorship?
I’ve learned the importance of giving back and using your success for the success of others.
In one phrase or sentence, what does mentoring mean to you?
Using your experience to make another persons’ dream a reality.
If you had one wish for today’s youth, what would it be?
I would wish for today’s youth to have a great sense of respect and confidence in one’s self. Put more emphasis on education. What we do today effects tomorrow.
In your opinion, name some characteristics of someone who embodies the brand “Where Street IQ Meets Book IQ.”
The ideal characteristics would be persistence, patience, confidence, and focus.
Anything else you would like to add?
Relationships form who you are and what happens in life; surround yourself with people who lift you up.
Having a great mentor can really make a difference.