NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – A New Rochelle High School junior and his mentor from The Guidance Center of Westchester are set to appear on “The Steve Harvey Show.”
According to a statement, Francisco Maldonado and his mentor, Daniel Bonnet, will appear on the Thursday, Jan. 12, episode of the show.
Bonnet, director of the Center for College & Career at The Guidance Center of Westchester, has mentored Maldonado for the past four years, according to the statement, which said that the two are expected to discuss their relationship and President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.
In 2015, New Rochelle became the first city in Westchester County to "accept" Obama's challenge with "My Brother's Keeper" to take an intentional, selfless part in improving life outcomes for young people – particularly boys and young men of color -- according to the statement, which said that city officials have approved a six-point plan for mentors to use while instructing the youths “from cradle to career."
Maldonado said the program and his relationship with Bonnet have helped him develop the skills needed to succeed.
"It gives you communication skills, public speaking skills and writing skills," Maldonado said. "They provided me with moral, mental and educational support to help me learn how to be successful, not only in my school career but also in my profession."
Maldonado, who said being on the show was “a little nerve-wracking,” said he has yet to see the episode and will be tuning in just like Harvey’s other viewers on Thursday.
The teen said traveling to Chicago to appear on the show was a great experience.
"It opened up my eyes about how everything works in the media - the producing, the arrangements, the planning - everything about how it works," Maldonado said. "I'm grateful for My Brother's Keeper for giving me the opportunity to go."
Check your local listings to learn what time and on what channel the show will air.