Some of America’s most instrumental people have been mentored by of our nation’s treasures. Oprah Winfrey was mentored by poet laureate Maya Angelou. Dr. Benjamin Mays, former Morehouse College president mentored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn was mentored by his high school teacher. For many kids in Charlotte, a mentor could change their life. Thompson Child & Family Focus has brought a new mentoring program to town. The Friends of the Children program is unique in that it pairs children with a professional mentor for 12 1/2 years–from elementary school through high school.