On June 27th, nearly 1,000 mentors and mentees from across the state came to Fenway Park for Mentoring Night to celebrate relationships and watch the Red Sox take on the Twins. Some of the matches appeared on the field during the pregame activities. Representing Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, mentee Mike and his mentors, Jordan and Victor, threw out the first pitch.
In November 2016, mentors Jordan and Victor and mentee Mike were matched by Family Services of the Merrimack Valley as part of the Big Friends Little Friends program. The program matches caring adult mentors with young people who could benefit from a relationship with a positive adult role model. Big Friends Little Friends serves fifteen towns in the Merrimack Valley to develop the positive potential of young people by providing them with support, guidance and friendship.
Mike has a serious love for basketball, which has allowed for Jordan and Victor to bond with him for their relationship to “grow leaps and bounds.” They love attending Mike’s basketball games at the Boys & Girls Club to cheer him on. They have also introduced other activities to Mike, like bowling and board games. Jordan and Victor said, “We are genuinely appreciative to be part of Mike's life to have an impact on his future.”
They continue, “We hope that our time with Maikal helps him to continue to be interested and engaged in school, along with his busy basketball schedule. We think that having Mike in the various basketball and baseball leagues helps him to stay on track and always have something to work hard for. We appreciate having his perspective on his interests and being there as his support system. We have learned so much from Mike.”