McCormick’s father died on skid row, and that’s part of the reason he wants to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else. She wants to help give the high school kids the skills they need to succeed in life by being a role model for them.
The school principal says they are very fortunate to have Pat’s help working with their students to help them look at long range goals like college and other life tools. She got started way back in 1984 when she spoke at schools and corporations. She started by volunteering two days a week as a teacher and a motivator. The three principles she came up with to teach the kids were “you have to work, you have to learn and you have to surround yourself with winners.”
She said that it took a lot of work, but she soon saw progress with kids starting to stay in school and get better grades. These days, Pat is dedicating her time and lessons to the kids at the Workman High School. She is getting excellent results from her mentoring, as every single student who was in her classes has since graduated high school. And, every one of them has also set themselves goals to follow in life.
Pat’s next plan is to get similar programs started in other schools.