For the second year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 16. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let's go Team MMP!
[caption id="attachment_712" align="alignleft" width="275" caption="Jeff and his mentee, Brandon"][/caption]Runner: Jeff Burek
Longest Run: 15 miles
Favorite Song to run to: "Up Up & Away" by Kid Cudi
Favorite post-run snack: Chocolate peanut butter protein bar and V8 juice
- Why did you choose to run the 2012 Boston Marathon for MMP?
To be honest, I wouldn’t have ran it if I didn’t see an email from MMP! As a Big Brother at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, we get emails from MMP, and when I saw it in my inbox it reminded me that running the Marathon has always been something I wanted to accomplish. Having a good cause to run for (especially because I have been a Big Brother for the past two years) inspired me, so I just wanted to get out there and do it.
- What has been the most rewarding experience of your training and/or fundraising so far?
Hands down, it was when I first told Brandon (my Little Brother) about the Marathon. He told me he wanted to donate the five bucks he had in his pocket, and I thought that was so cool. At first, I was shocked when he said it, but then I realized he is genuinely a good kid and doing something so generous and heartfelt really shows it.
- Why do you think it is important for youth to have mentors?
I like mentoring in particular because it doesn’t use a cookie-cutter approach. Every match is going to be different, and no one mold is going to fit each match. As a mentor, you have a chance to work with one individual over a time period, and you get to know each other. It is not a one-time event that will only have a small impact; you get to work with your match over multiple years.
- What do you think is the most important thing a mentor can do for a child?
The most important thing a mentor can do is help the child find him or herself. If I have a good activity idea to do with my mentee, I will encourage him to try it out but if he is not interested, at least he got the chance to try something new. Ultimately, he will discover what he is truly interested and excited to do together. Because we are always trying new things, it gives him a broad range of experience to figure out what his interests are and what activities fit him.
- Complete this sentence: When I finish the marathon, I will feel…
Pretty tired! And then I will be finding another Marathon…
If you would like to read more about Jeff or make a donation to his marathon fundraising, please visit http://www.razoo.com/story/Jeffburek.