We recently launched our public awareness campaign to promote the Mayor's Mentoring Movement, an initiative with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to recruit 1,000 new mentors to serve Boston youth. The campaign shows real mentors who have joined the movement and are helping to support and guide young people in Boston.
Today, we feature a face from the campaign: Candice Marie, a mentor through South Boston T.E.A.M., one of the Mayor's Mentoring Movement partner programs.
Why do you think mentoring is important?
I believe mentoring and receiving guidance is important because if you don’t have the proper guidance from professionals or from people who are more skilled than you are, you simply will not grow and growth is so imperative.
Why did you decide to get involved?
I decided to get involved because reaching out and helping young people has always been a passion of mine. I have a blog called Young Yet Wise, where I help young people build better financial habits, and so I thought it would be great to be able to mentor a young person one on one in person, rather than just being behind a computer screen.
What have you learned through being a mentor?
Being a mentor has taught me the importance of keeping a commitment. It has also taught me the different struggles that today's youth must face when it comes to social media and technology.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your mentee?
My favorite thing to do with my mentee is to go to the park and grab a slice of pizza from our favorite pizza place. She hasn't been to too many restaurants before so it was a fun experience showing her something new.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about getting involved in mentoring?
Young people need guidance, we need people like you to give young people a chance to evolve, and grow. Everyone has the potential to be awesome. Some of us just need an extra push and voice of reason to get there, so get involved!
Are you ready to join Candice in the movement? Sign up today!