One of the nearby high schools has a program that I would have given my eyeteeth to have had available when I was a junior and senior in high school. It's a mentoring class where the instructor finds places of work that are of career interest to the students. They have a week or so of class but then the rest of the class is spent hanging out at the business...basically it's an intern program for high school kids.
Well, we've got one...a kid named Jarom (and yes, that's exactly what he's named after,) and after a few shy weeks hanging around everybody else at the game studio he has gravitated to me and Nathan saying that he wants to be an animator.
Since Nathan and I are both born mentors and teachers we have started him out with bouncing balls and have now moved him to seaweed and breaking joints. He's really talented and actually seems to be GETTING it...as opposed to this other girl I had been tutoring. It's actually been fairly rewarding.
As I quip to Nathan, "Man, I wish I had someone like ME when I was in high school!"