People often use the word “miraculous” when it isn’t really necessary, but for Bernard Draper, a youth participant in a program called Student Mentor Partners, the word is fitting, the Huffington Post reports. Draper sees his volunteer mentor’s work as more than a simple coincidence.

“My relationship with Greg is very important to me. Since I lost my father, it seems that God sent Greg to take his place in so many ways,” Draper said. “Greg has not only been like a father to me, he has been a supporter, a motivator and he has introduced me to so many things. Greg has just been a joy to know.”

Greg Leslie is one of many mentors at work with Student Mentor Partners, an organization that makes private school affordable and accessible for lower-income, at-risk youth in the Detroit area. Since 1998, the program has grown from a small effort involving three local young people into a mature organization that works with more than 35 boys and girls at 11 area schools…

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