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2011 September 23
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 Bernice Conklin-Powers, Psy.D., assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences at the University of Southern Maine Lewiston Auburn College. The... Read more
2011 September 19
Posted by Michael
We're celebrating Mentoring Day at Fenway today with a Red Sox Mentoring Challenge program highlight of Big Friends Little Friends at Family Service Inc., in Lawrence. Mercedes Tran is the match coordinator there. MMP: Tell us a little about your mentoring program and your role. Mercedes: I am the match coordinator for Big Friends, Little Friends in Lawrence. I interview mentors and mentees in order to learn more about their personalities. I find out about their hobbies, likes and dislikes, so that the match is made for the best future friendship possible. MMP: Why do you feel mentoring is... Read more
2011 September 16
Posted by Michael
It's the weekend, and we're psyched for Mentoring Day at Fenway on Monday! Today's Red Sox Mentoring Challenge program is Springfield School Volunteers (SSV). Judy Donahue is the program manager there. MMP: Tell us a little about your mentoring program and your role. Judy: I am the program manager for the SSV mentoring program, which is a school-based program with a district-wide mentoring program for school staff. There are 298 mentors in all. Most of our mentors are focused in middle and high schools, but we do have mentors in the elementary schools, too. MMP: Why do you feel mentoring is... Read more
2011 September 15
Posted by Michael
Today I can stand before you and tell you that my name is Eric Clark. I am a college administrator, father of two, and a small business owner. My life has taken several interesting deviations. Without the help of my mentors, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Growing up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, I never participated in a formal mentoring program. However, I look back and realize there were several people who "unofficially" took the time to mentor me. It may seem like I had a fairytale life because I had a loving father who was my most influential mentor. I have to be completely... Read more
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

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