Our annual Mentoring Night at Fenway Park will take place on June 2! At the game, we’ll be joined by nearly 1,000 mentor and mentee matches. As the game approaches, we’re looking forward to introducing you to our starting lineup…mentors and mentees who have been selected to participate in pre-game activities.
First up are Tyler Rogers and Michael Eckmann, who were paired through Children’s Friend and Family Services (Children’s Friend) Youth Mentoring Program. They will serve as honorary bat boys at the game!
Michael, 11, had lacked a consistent positive male role model in his life. His mother is working hard to create a better life for them, holding down multiple jobs while studying for a career in nursing. Michael was matched with Tyler, a recent Boston College graduate and finance professions. According to Children’s Friend’s Director of Youth Mentoring, Samantha Alves, Tyler signed up with Children’s Friend’s mentoring program “so he could model trust, consistency, and positive decision-making.”
Since the pair first met in 2014, Michael’s behavior has improved. On a recent program survey, Michael’s mother said that he “is communicating more, is more open to new ideas, and is in general more happy.” Tyler’s modeling of healthy behaviors is helping Michael in another way: he has expressed interest in going to college, “like Ty.”
Mike and Ty share a common interest in sports. When they spend time together, they play catch and watch sports on TV. With Michael’s improved behavior and the goals he has set for himself, becoming the bat boy at a Sox game will be a great reward at the end of this school year!