Learning to Dance in the Rain

Danielle Aimone is one of our School-Based Mentors serving at Hayden Middle School during the 2013-2014 school year. Danielle is originally from New York City and graduated from Boston University in May of 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Women Studies. In college, she participated in a part-time AmeriCorps program, as a mentor for at-risk preschoolers in Boston. Danielle is excited to be working one-on-one with middle school students and hopes to pursue a career in providing youth and families with comprehensive social-emotional support systems. Danielle had this to say about mentoring:


“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” One of my mentors introduced me to this very simple yet insightful quote about living.

How we respond to adversity demonstrates who we are, defines our character, and shapes our life journey. Finding the positive and the humor, during our most trying times, provides us with the energy and relief to persevere. Recognizing our ability to create positive change in our lives empowers us to move forward. However, embracing the positive and believing in one’s future, especially for at-risk youth, are not always the easiest things to do.

Growing up, particularly as an adolescent, as it is for many, was a difficult and painful process at times. Faced with personal and academic obstacles in middle school and high school, I found solace in the support and guidance from teachers, social workers, and school counselors. With their help, I learned how to: positively cope with stress to focus on my strengths within school and extracurricular activities; recognize my needs; ask for help when needed; and advocate for myself—skills that have given me the opportunities to succeed on an academic, professional, and emotional level.


The significant mentors who supported my growth are the reason I find myself serving as a School-Based Mentor with Partners in Routt County. A strong believer in the powerful impact that one positive adult figure can have in a child’s life, I am grateful to be a part of a program that empowers youth through different avenues of mentoring. I continue to be moved and inspired by the generosity, dedication, and compassion demonstrated by Partners, its staff and my fellow School-Based Mentors.

In her free time, Danielle hopes to explore all of the outdoor opportunities that the upcoming year has to offer! Partners is thrilled to have Danielle on their team of mentors this year and is so proud of everything she has accomplished this year at Hayden Middle School so far. We sincerely thank Danielle for her year of service and know that in the coming months she will continue to impress us.