"Most of my career as a nurse was spent with "at-risk" youth. Mentors for youth can make a huge difference in their lives, from spending time in jail to productive lives. I wanted to connect with youth and let them know that adults, other than their family, could be trusted and truly care. With that goal in mind, I volunteered for CASA. I learned a great deal about the legal system and special problems of children "in the system". This experience has been exceedingly rewarding and I have made lifelong connections with many youths."