Mass Mentoring is launching the inaugural Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll to recognize Massachusetts businesses of all sizes that are strengthening communities through engagement of employee, financial, and in-kind resources. In late 2013, we invited businesses and mentoring programs to nominate a company for the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll. The honorees were recognized at the Jan. 14 Corporate Mentoring Summit at State Street in honor of National Mentoring Month, and in conjunction with the Summit we are rolling out an inductee each day in the days around the event. Today's post recognizing Raytheon comes from their nomination submission.
Through the Stand and Deliver program, more than 130 employees volunteer their time to meet with students from Lawrence to work on academics and soft skills, and give advice on how to succeed in school and in life. The program runs from October through May with the students coming to Raytheon for 90 minutes a week. Most of the volunteers return year after year. Many matches have been together for multiple years, including two matches that have been together for six years!
After the students graduate from high school, they often keep in touch with
their mentors and continue to benefit from their advice. As the mentors are
quick to say, they get as much out of being a mentor as they give. Seeing
their mentees mature and succeed is a joy for the mentors.
Raytheon gives financially each year to Family Services of the Merrimack Valley,
which runs the Stand & Deliver Mentoring Program. Some of the Raytheon
mentors and their families raise money at Family Services' Bowl A Strike for
Kids annual fund-raiser. The company also funds a full-time coordinator for Stand & Deliver. Raytheon provides food for the matches every week, and funds a scholarship for a Stand & Deliver senior each year. Raytheon also helps buy books for the kids to help them develop a love of reading. The company provides donates to the year-end award ceremony for college t-shirts for seniors who have been accepted to college, as well as for movie passes and Barnes and Nobles gift cards for attendance awards.
Raytheon hosts two other corporate campus mentoring programs--Stand & Deliver in San Diego, California, and the Academic Mentoring Program in Woburn, Massachusetts. The company has promoted corporate campus mentoring at three Massachusetts STEM Summits and other events.
The Raytheon mentors often volunteer because they had struggles in their teens and want to help a young person overcome their adversities. I see the mentees become more confident and ready to accomplish great things. This program couldn't run at Raytheon without the company's complete support from facilities, security, dining center, and the business itself which allows its people to leave during the business day to meet with their mentees. Stand & Deliver has been run at Raytheon for nine years and has impacted - and continues to impact - hundreds of lives.
Raytheon has also been a supporter of MMP's Champions of Mentoring event at Fenway Park and each year, a group of Raytheon mentors and mentees sing the national anthem at Mentoring Night at Fenway Park.
Congratulations to Raytheon being named to the Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll.