Since 2005, Mass Mentoring Partnership has teamed up with the Boston Red Sox for the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge, an initiative designed to recruit more caring Massachusetts adults as mentors. We’ve just launched the 8th year of the campaign, and we’re highlighting programs that participated last year and made successful matches through the campaign. This is a post from mentor Eleanor Boudreau with Generations Incorporated.
- Tell us a little about yourself and your mentee, what mentoring program you’re involved in, and how long you have been matched.
This is my first year as a minimum-time AmeriCorps member with Generations Incorporated, and I am currently serving as a Reading Coach at the Dever Elementary in Dorchester. Since I started in September, I have been a one-on-one literacy coach for five students each week.
- How did you hear about the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge and what prompted you to get involved as a mentor?
I heard about Generations Incorporated through some of my fellow volunteers at JumpStart. After getting in touch with Generations Incorporated, they invited me to the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge info session they were having. Since then, I have been volunteering about 10 hours a week. I wanted to get involved and become a mentor because I like kids, I like being with other people, and I don’t like sitting around the house all day.
- What lessons have you drawn from the Red Sox team and its players about what it means to be a mentor and a role model?
It all revolves around good communication with each other. I think we see it within our team of volunteers at the Dever too - with good communication and good leadership we can really help one another succeed. The more we open our lines of communication, the more successful our students are.
- What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a mentor?
The most rewarding part is seeing the improvements the students make academically from October to May. I have seen significant improvement in all five of the students that I work with and it’s a great feeling to know that I made a difference.
- What would you say to those who are on the fence about mentoring (i.e. those who think they do not have enough time, expertise, etc)?
I would tell them to absolutely join! You can always find the time to be a mentor even if it’s only an hour or two a week. If you are concerned that you don’t have the expertise, they will train you and show you how to make a difference.