'It Enriches Me'

We recently launched our public awareness campaign to promote the Mayor's Mentoring Movement, an initiative with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to recruit 1,000 new mentors to serve Boston youth. The campaign shows real mentors who have joined the movement and are helping to support and guide young people in Boston.

Today, we feature a face from the campaign: Ruth Villard, a mentor through Generations Incorporated, one of the Mayor's Mentoring Movement partner programs.

Why do you think mentoring is important?

It is very important. Once you reach a certain age, we should give back to the community. We have to nourish our young children. They need help in reading and writing so they are prepared for their future.

Why did you decide to get involved?

My grandmother taught me that when you succeed you have to get involved in the community and pay it forward. If I can help somebody along the way in my life, then my life will not be in vain.

What have you learned through being a mentor?

It makes me not think about the difficulties in my life. It enriches me and allows me to give my all back to the community.

What’s your favorite thing to do with your mentee? 

My favorite thing is to see the children I work with at Generations Inc. and see their progress in reading after months of working with them. The hugs of appreciation that the children give to you makes it all worth it.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about getting involved in mentoring? 

I would say to them that our children need help. Come on board and spend a couple of hours and see the results of our mentoring. It keeps you refreshed and wanting to come back. 

Are you ready to join Ruth in the movement? Sign up today!