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Mentor Match: 11-Year-Old Credits Mentor for Improving Her Life

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SHANNON HILLS, Ark. – Tyleanah Thomas, 11, is quite the character. 

“I don’t know how to play the piano, but I’m going to show you something,” Tyleanah said. 

While the eleven-year-old has no trained experience in playing the piano, that did not stop her from trying while she was with her mentor Diane Sorg. 

“Our personalities, both of us, are so outgoing,” Diane said. 

The two have been paired up as a mentor match for the past two years. FOX16 first met Tyleanah in 2017 when she was looking for a mentor. 

“I want a mentor so I can get comfortable and get things off my mind,” Tyleanah said in March of 2017. 

One month later, she and Diane met in the Prayer Room at the Healing Waters Outreach Center. Tyleanah said being in the room brought back a lot of memories.  

“You were so excited. You had all these big plans for us,” Diane said to Tyleanah, who she refers to as Ty. 

Over the years they conquered some of those plans from going to water parks, volunteering and even just hanging out together. Tyleanah said the most important thing she has learned from Diane was how to be a confident young girl. 

“She’s helped me by just letting me know that it’s going to be okay,” Tyleanah said. “You just have to be the light and show the best and be the best that you can be and that really helped me.” 

“It’s awesome. She’s my blessing,” Diane said. 

Hundreds of children in Pulaski County are in need of a mentor. Being a mentor through Healing Waters only requires four hours per week. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, click here.

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