The following blog entry is excerpted from Big Friends Little Friends' match application to participate in the pre-game activities for Mentoring Night at Fenway Park.
17-year old Dominic from Big Friends Little Friends/Family Service Association (BFLF) had the honor of calling "play ball!" for the Red Sox-Indians game during Mentoring Night at Fenway Park on May 24. The game helped kickoff the annual Red Sox Mentoring Challenge, an initiative designed to recruit more caring adults as mentors.
Dominic has been matched with his mentor Tony for an amazing 7+ years! They first met at a site-based program, but after the school year they wanted to see each other outside of school. Tony and Dominic then contacted BFLF and within five weeks they were part of BFLF.
Dominic is the oldest of five children and the only male in the family. Tony is an outgoing married man with two children of his own. His family has also become Dominic’s extended family.
Tony has helped Dominic get through both middle and high school. Early on in Tony's senior year, he encountered some academic struggles so Tony and Dominic's guidance counselor helped him overcome them. Now, Dominic is graduating with his class and has plans to attend community college.
Having a mentor has enabled Dominic to realize interests he never would have had in the past. This month, the match will close because he is graduating, but he will still have an extended family with Tony.
Interested in becoming a mentor or know someone who’d be a great fit? Sign up through the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge