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2011 September 14
Posted by Michael
The 2011 Northeast Regional Mentoring Conference, Oct. 13-14 in Framingham, MA, will bring together more than 250 practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders in the mentoring field. The conference's numerous workshops, covering various themes, will ultimately connect the outcomes and power of mentoring. Over the next few weeks, we'll be highlighting the conference with previews to some of the workshops. This post is courtesy of presenter Clara Giles Carter, Ed. D, president of Management Consultant Services, LLC. Many young people are faced with devastating social ills that doom them... Read more
2011 September 12
Posted by Michael
Mentoring Day at Fenway is only one week from today! The next Red Sox Mentoring Challenge program that we're highlighting is Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. Mofei Xu is the youth programs coordinator at Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. MMP: Tell us a little about your mentoring program and your role. Mofei: The mentoring program at Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. will be serving new immigrants from the Atlantic Middle School, helping them to adjust to life in America as well as assist them in their transition into high school. My role in the program is coordinator. I will be designing the structure and... Read more
2011 September 9
Posted by Michael
A few months ago, while eating lunch at a T.G.I. Friday's with Destyne, my Little from the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston program, she asked me why I chose to become a mentor. We were about to dig into the “Brownie Obsession,” this ridiculously delicious, dense sundae, when I said, “Well, because I was so fortunate to have so many mentors in my life, I wanted to be on the other side and give back…plus, you’re fun to be around and I’ve learned a lot from YOU.” When I decided to become a mentor, I originally thought about it in terms of “paying it forward.” I have been blessed with... Read more
2011 September 8
Posted by Michael
T-minus 11 days to Mentoring Day at Fenway. We've got another Red Sox Mentoring Challenge program highlight to celebrate, Children's Friend and Family Services in Salem. Arden Dore is the director of youth mentoring at Children's Friend and Family Services. MMP: Tell us a little bit about your mentoring program and your role. Arden: As the director of youth mentoring at Children’s Friend and Family Services in Salem, I see my role as the parent/guardian of 43 kids and make sure that for two hours each week they have a play date with their best friend. Sometimes I organize fun things for them... Read more
2011 September 2
Posted by Michael
The Rodman Ride for Kids is three weeks from tomorrow, and Mass Mentoring is one of the agencies to benefit from this annual fundraising event. We are lucky to have several mentoring programs riding with the MMP team, including mentor Juan Martin Botero from Partners for Youth with Disabilities. Juan's story is incredibly inspiring. [caption id="attachment_299" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Mentor Juan Botero from PYD"][/caption] Originally from Colombia, Juan has been a Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) mentor for more than three years. Juan says he mentors because “I hope... Read more
2011 September 2
Posted by Michael
Senator Katherine Clark, who recently joined with us in supporting the Mentoring Matching Grants line item in the state budget, penned an op-ed this week about the importance of mentoring as children head back to school. She also highlighted several of our member programs in her district, including the Melrose Alliance Against Violence's Community CARES Mentoring program, the Wakefield Adult Mentors program and the YWCA Malden Group Mentoring program. Please read her article below and learn how you can get involved by searching for mentoring opportunities near you on our website. Sen.... Read more
2011 September 1
Posted by Michael
A relaxing long weekend is almost here, and the Red Sox beat the Yankees last night. Let's take that momentum into the weekend with another Red Sox Mentoring Challenge program highlight, South Boston T.E.A.M. (Together Engaging Adolescents through Mentoring). Bo Nicholson is the program coordinator of the T.E.A.M. program. [caption id="attachment_294" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Bo, left, and mentor Suzy from T.E.A.M."][/caption] MMP: Tell us a little bit about your mentoring program and your role. Bo: T.E.A.M., Together Engaging Adolescents through Mentoring, pairs youth from... Read more
2011 August 30
Posted by Michael
Mentoring Day at Fenway is less than three weeks away! Let's celebrate by highlighting another Red Sox Mentoring Challenge program, Generations Incorporated. Mike Hart is the volunteer recruitment and training AmeriCorps VISTA at Generations Incorporated. MMP: Tell us a little bit about your mentoring program and your role. Mike:At Generations Incorporated, we unite older adults with students in Greater Boston public schools and after-school programs. Our volunteers act as literacy tutors either in one-to-one settings or in small groups. I am on the recruitment and training team, and along... Read more
2011 August 26
Posted by Michael
On September 24th, I'll be riding 50 miles in the Rodman Ride for Kids to raise $1,500 for Mass Mentoring. I've actually never biked more than 25 or 30 miles at any time, so why I am going the extra mile(s)? Because I know firsthand the impact that mentoring has had on a child's life - and my life too. Starting back in 1991, I was a Big Brother through both Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass Bay and the Old Colony YMCA. For 10 years, I was matched with Tony, who lived in challenging circumstances, moved frequently and had no other adult males in his life. Spending time with Tony not only opened... Read more
2011 August 25
Posted by Michael
Building on our recent interview with Matt Costigan, today's post focuses on mentoring from a program staff member's perspective. Jeff Lafata is the mentor match specialist at Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) in Boston. MMP: Tell us a little bit about your mentoring program and your role. Jeff: PYD is committed to empowering young people with disabilities to reach their full potential. We do this by providing high quality one-to-one and group mentoring programs for youth as they strive to reach their personal, educational and career goals. PYD offers a variety of mentoring programs... Read more

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