Thanks to the John Hancock 2014 Non-Profit Marathon Program, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) was presented with an amazing opportunity to once again participate in the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 21, 2014. We also have a cohort of dedicated and resilient runners who ran for Team MMP in 2013 and are returning to run in 2014 and help fuel the mentoring movement in Massachusetts. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP!
- What inspired you to run the 2014 Boston Marathon for MMP? I wanted to give back to my new community and support a cause that was true to my heart. Giving back and supporting mentorship for students has a life-long impact for the students and our communities.
- What has been the most rewarding experience of your training and/or fundraising so far? The most rewarding experience about training and fundraising is knowing that all the work being done is all going to benefit kids and our communities.
- Tell me about your experience with mentoring. Do you have a mentor? Yes, Dr. Don C. Sawyer. He was the former director of the LSAMP Minority STEM program at Syracuse and currently a professor of Sociology at Quinnipiac University. I was first an LSAMP student during my undergrad and then became his graduate assistant during my master’s program. Dr. Sawyer was a huge help and influence with many aspects of my development. He mentored and advised me on many challenges as a young student and as a developing professional. He was one of the biggest reasons I pursued graduate studies in engineering and find myself where I am today.
- How have you seen mentoring working in your community? Being a mentor, I have personally witnessed a child’s growth from the middle school levels, through the collegiate level and then choosing between pursuing a professional career or continued education. Being able to provide guidance and answers to questions about similar challenges that I faced while growing up is a very gratifying experience.
- If you were mentoring yourself at age 10, what’s one piece of advice would you give? Make sure to visit the library and learn how to search for answers and read books about things that capture your interests.
If you would like to read more about Luis or make a donation to his fundraising, please visit his fundraising page