Since 2005, Mass Mentoring Partnership has teamed up with the Boston Red Sox for the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge, an initiative designed to recruit more caring Massachusetts adults as mentors. We’ve just launched the 9th year of the campaign, and we’re highlighting programs that participated last year and made successful matches through the campaign. This is a post from mentor Gueshnael Menard with For Kids Only Afterschool.
- Tell us a little about yourself and your mentee, what mentoring program you’re involved in, and how long you have been matched. My name is Gueshnael Menard and I am a junior at Everett High School in Everett, MA. My mentee is a third grader named Samantha. She is very mature for her age and very sweet. I am part of the For Kids Only Afterschool (FKO) program. This was my first year mentoring for FKO.
- How did you hear about the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge and what prompted you to get involved as a mentor? I heard about the Red Sox Mentoring challenge from Rachael Chambers, my mentoring coordinator. I always wanted to be in a program like Big Brothers Big Sisters, and I was excited when I heard about this mentoring program.
- What lessons have you drawn from the Red Sox team and its players about what it means to be a mentor and a role model? From the Red Sox, I've learned that what you do outside the games and practices matter. Just because you aren't in a mentoring session, you should still act appropriately and respectfully because your mentee looks up to you. It's important to be a role model in and out of your mentoring session.
- What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a mentor? The most rewarding aspect of being a mentor was walking into my mentoring session and seeing my mentee with a big smile, excited to see me. It really touched me how much of a difference I've made in my mentee's life.
- What would you say to those who are on the fence about mentoring? I would recommend it to them! It’s such an amazing experience. You're making a difference in a child's life.