On June 27th, nearly 1,000 mentors and mentees from across the state came to Fenway Park for Mentoring Night to celebrate relationships and watch the Red Sox take on the Twins. Some of the matches appeared on the field during the pregame activities. Representing Children's Friend and Family Services, mentee Christian and his mentor Brandon yelled "play ball" to start the game.
Six months ago, mentor Brandon and mentee Christian were matched by Children’s Friend and Family Services, a division of the Justice Resource Institute. Their mentoring program aims to establish positive, healthy, and productive mentoring matches that will enhance the young person’s social and emotional outcomes. The mentors help at-risk children develop self-esteem and positive behaviors through a wide range of social, recreational and educational activities.
After Brandon completed basic training for the Army National Reserves, he has been helping Christian with his transition into adolescence and encouraging friendship with his peers. They have many common interests, like animation, movies, wrestling, and Star Wars, to bond over when they hang out together. Recently, Brandon took Christian into Boston to see the Museum of Science, where Christian rode the T for the first time. Now, they will get to visit Boston together again for the Red Sox game.