Someone by Your Side
Breanna Baker, a senior at Central Valley High School, grew up in Aliquippa and attended Crestmont Alliance Church, where Joel Repic co-pastors.Joel, who is also the founder of Aliquippa Impact, suggested to Breanna to be involved in AI’s mentoring program.She has had a one-to-one mentor for the last four years.They hang out at her mentor’s house, have bonfires, and go bowling, shopping, and to fairs.
“Being a part of Aliquippa Impact affected me in a good way, helping me know that people are there caring for you.I think I would be a little bit different if I didn’t come into contact with AI.It is a good thing to have in your life and someone by your side,” says Breanna.
Recently, Breanna had the opportunity to go on a week-long mission trip to the Dominican Republic, in which her mentor helped her to raise the funds needed.Breanna says the DR trip, “Opened my eyes more than before.Going down there showed me a lot about different cultures.Even though it is a different culture, we have the same God.He is the same there as He is here.”She is looking forward to continuing to serving God here in her hometown as she did in the Dominican Republic.
When asked what advice she would give to someone her age about Aliquippa Impact, she states, “People my age should do it [get involved].It is a good experience, especially if you are not really sure about your faith.It is good to have someone beside you to ask questions.With our society nowadays a lot of things can drag you away from it.”