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“How Mentoring Changed a Life for Impact” - Forbes Magazine March 2022

"From The Hood To The White House: How Good Mentoring Changed A Life"

It’s an understatement to say that Rebecca Contreras had a rough start in life.

Born into poverty to a drug-addicted mother, she was abandoned at the age of five.

When you hear the whole story of her early years, you might even say that was the good part. Her youth was defined by betrayals, uncertainty, neglect, and unimaginable abuse. She found herself as a welfare-dependent teenage mother with little hope.

But with a heavy dose of grit—and the focused help of some generous miracle-working mentors—Rebecca spent nearly a dozen years working with George W. Bush, first as his human resources director when he served as Texas governor, then as a White House staffer during his presidency.

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