Brockton mayor supports mentoring

As part of our 20 Challenges in 2012 initiative, we launched the Mayors for Mentoring campaign to engage mayors from around Massachusetts in raising awareness of the need for more mentors in their city; recognizing local mentoring programs and their participants; and encouraging  ways for individuals and communities to get involved in mentoring in their city.

Brockton Mayor Linda M. Balzotti, who was nominated to participate by Old Colony Y Big Sister Big Brother, was one of the first to participate.

“Mentors have the unique opportunity to shape the futures of young men and 2011 Balzotti headshotwomen in communities across the Commonwealth," Mayor Balzotti said. "They play a vital part in awakening the spark of potential that these youth might not always see in themselves. This is the work of mentors in Brockton and everywhere, and our futures are bright because of them.”

Mayor Balzotti helped promote mentoring in Brockton throughout National Mentoring Month. As she has each year since its inception, she attended the 5th Annual Mentor Recruitment Rally in Brockton on Jan. 31 at the Shaw's Center. She also hosts a cable show, "Our City," and had representatives from Big Sister Big Brother on to promote the event.

“The mentor rally plays an important role in connecting those interested in mentoring with available opportunities throughout our city,” said Mayor Balzotti. “I’ve been proud to take part in this annual event to encourage our partners to become mentors and to celebrate those individuals who have given their time to Brockton’s youth."

If you'd like to nominate your mayor as a Mayor for Mentoring, or if you have questions about the campaign, please contact Elena Sokolow-Kaufman, manager of government & field resources at or 617.695.2476.