Craig and Mary Beth Applefield
Craig and Mary Beth Applefield, a husband-and-wife duo who represent Reset Mentoring’s longest-serving mentors, have volunteered thousands of hours helping to change the life trajectories of the many teens they have worked with.
In 2015, Craig and Mary Beth Applefield started mentoring teens in the Williamson County Juvenile Justice system through programs provided by the local nonprofit Reset Mentoring. The Applefields wanted to be there for at-risk teens, showing them that they could have a better future as well as someone to rely on.
As mentors, Craig and Mary Beth are known for taking on the most challenging cases in the program. They spend at least 4 hours a week with each of their 14 teens over a 6-month period. The Applefields take mentees on outings to improve their perspective and give them a different view of future possibilities. Whether they are sharing a meal, driving them to get haircuts, or helping them find meaningful employment, one thing is for sure – they are getting a life lesson from a couple who has lived a lot of life. The Applefields’ dedication to the people they work with is unmatched – they even keep in contact with a host of former mentees after the 6-month program is over. Craig and Mary Beth have made such an impact on these teens that when they hit bumps in the road, often their first call is to Craig to gain valuable insight and life advice.
“Our population can be one of the most difficult to work with, but Craig and Mary Beth have such a love for the teens they mentor they find a connection and way to speak into these boys’ lives in a way that makes a lasting difference … in a sea of devoted men and women who do the hard work of helping hurting teens, these two go above and beyond to make a lasting difference,” said Reset Mentoring’s Lorie Goggin. “They have each demonstrated that they will not give up – they are willing to put in the time it takes to build relationships and follow through.”