On May 25th, nearly 1,000 mentors and mentees from across the state will come to Fenway Park for Mentoring Night to celebrate relationships and watch the Red Sox take on the Rockies. Some of the matches will appear on the field during the Mentoring Night pregame activities. Representing Children's Friend and Family Services of Salem, mentee Logan and mentor Rob will serve as honorary Red Sox bat boys!
Rob and Logan are a great example of a successful mentoring match. Logan, an only child who lives with his hardworking mom and supportive grandmother in Beverly, joined Children’s Friend’s mentoring program to have another man in his life to practice baseball, go bowling, and hopefully walk a dog!
Recently, after a few months of mentoring, Rob shared, “My wife and I don't have any children and it is fun to see the world from a young person's point of view. One may not realize, especially if you don't have children, how influential an adult can be in a young person's life, whether it be a teacher, parent, sibling or a mentor.” When Logan and Rob hang out, they love to go to the YMCA and play basketball, go mini golfing, and play baseball in the park. This spring, Logan participated in Children’s Friends’ program private scholarship fund to join a local pee-wee baseball team.
When asked what his favorite thing about Rob, Logan said, “Rob is a lot of fun and is easy to talk to.” When asked about his favorite thing about Logan, Rob said, “I love his honesty which makes me laugh a lot. Logan is also a very thoughtful person. Our pet bird Digger, which my wife and I have had for over 25 years, passed away one day before I was getting together with Logan. After bowling that week, while I was taking Logan back to his house, I mentioned to him how sad my wife was about Digger. The next week when we got together, the first things he asked me was if my wife was OK, if she was still sad about Digger and how the funeral was.”
Logan and Rob are a mentoring match that was meant to be! They love to be active and are looking forward to summer fun… especially the Red Sox game!
Children’s Friend and Family Services has served communities North of Boston for nearly 180 years. The vision of the Children’s Friend Youth Mentoring Program is to establish positive, healthy, and productive mentoring matches that will enhance the young person’s social and emotional outcomes.