Student & Mentor Spotlight: Giovanni and Mark

WITSStudent & Mentor Spotlight, Volunteers


February is an entire month dedicated to love and hearts galore. At WITS, there’s no one we love more than our students and their mentors. In the Student/Mentor Spotlight, we feature the people who make our programs great, like Giovanni and Mark from our Mid-Day Mentoring program at Perez Elementary. Giovanni is in the 3rd grade, and Mark works at Northern Trust, a WITS corporate partner. Read on to learn more about the things they love, like books and pizza toppings.

How did you first get involved with WITS? How long have you been a part of WITS?

Giovanni: This is my first year.

Mark: A co-worker told me about WITS, and I’ve been a mentor for the last 10 years.

What do you do for fun when you’re not at WITS?

Giovanni: I draw lots of art.

Mark: I’m a computer programmer, and I play the drums.

What is one interesting thing about you that not a lot of people know?

Giovanni: My eyesight is bad.

Mark: I am the middle child of seven children.

What is your favorite thing about your mentor?

Giovanni: He is a banker.

Mark: Giovanni is very enthusiastic and really likes learning new things by reading!

What is your favorite book that you’ve read with your mentor?

Giovanni: BMX Biker

Mark: A book about the Space Shuttle program

Some authors use a pen name instead of their real name when they write a book. What would your pen name be?

Giovanni: Jelly’s

Mark: Miles Finch

Pizza plays a big role in WITS celebrations. If you could only eat one pizza topping for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Giovanni: Pepperoni

Mark: Black olives

It’s the new year! What is something you would like to do in 2018?

Giovanni: Do 201 push-ups.

Mark: I’d love to drive the family to Arizona to see the Grand Canyon!