Program highlight: Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.

Mentoring Day at Fenway is only one week from today! The next Red Sox Mentoring Challenge program that we're highlighting is Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. Mofei Xu is the youth programs coordinator at Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.

MMP: Tell us a little about your mentoring program and your role.

Mofei: The mentoring program at Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. will be serving new immigrants from the Atlantic Middle School, helping them to adjust to life in America as well as assist them in their transition into high school. My role in the program is coordinator. I will be designing the structure and policies, recruiting and train the mentors and mentees, as well as overseeing the program to make sure it is running smoothly.

MMP: Why do you feel mentoring is important?

[caption id="attachment_332" align="alignleft" width="199" caption="Mofei Xu"]Mofei Xu[/caption]Mofei: Mentoring is important because many youth today lack a positive role model or influence in their lives. It is crucial for the community to help these youth get on the right path for success later in life. As someone who is passionate about youth services, I feel that mentoring will bring about a change in young minds and help them create better futures for themselves. Having someone to guide you along the way is certainly an asset.

MMP: Your program is participating in this year's Red Sox Mentoring Challenge, an initiative designed to recruit more caring Massachusetts adults as mentors. Which Red Sox player do you think is the best mentor on the team?

Mofei: Adrian Gonzalez because he comes from a background that is relatable to many youth out there today. He is also bilingual which makes him exceptionally valuable. In his personal time he is very involved in youth education and health issues, like The Adrian and Betsy Gonzalez Foundation. He is a four-time MVP, two-time Gold Glove winner, and three-time All-Star, so he would be an excellent role model.

MMP: What do you think is the most important thing people should know if they are thinking about becoming a mentor?

Mofei: The most important thing people should know about becoming a mentor is that mentors learn from their mentees, as well. Mentoring is really not a one way activity, it requires enthusiasm from both parties. If a mentor is truly involved, I think he or she will appreciate the time he/she spends with the mentee and learn a lot from him/her.

MMP: How can people learn more about mentoring opportunities with your organization?

Mofei: If anyone is interested in learning more about our organization or program, please contact me either via email, mofei@quincyasianresources.org or phone (617) 472-2200.