Become a mentor
by Stacey Hoang
January brings a fresh start, resolutions, and new beginnings. January also brings the opportunity to celebrate National Mentoring Month- a time to thank the people who serve the community week after week through mentoring a young person from South Boston. They serve as mentors through South Boston TEAM at the Laboure Center, which has made nearly 200 mentor-mentee matches since its start in April 1999. We are very lucky for all of the mentors in our program, but there are hundreds of more youth that need a mentor in our community.
I am an AmeriCorps Member at the South Boston TEAM program and have been fortunate enough to see the amazing difference a mentor can make in a young person’s life. The commitment is so small – only two hours a week – but it creates a new world of possibility, opportunity, and change amidst all the negative influences that may come from our South Boston community.
Could you make the commitment to a child and create a world of change in just 2 hours a week? Or offer your help in other ways and collaborate with us to support the community? One Southie business who has stepped up to this role is The Playwright on E. Broadway. They will be generously hosting our Mentor Appreciation Brunch in late January for National Mentoring Month.
Make the decision to become a mentor or partner with South Boston TEAM today. Encourage others you know to do the same. Our program, as well as other organizations throughout the state, needs your help. Contact Stacey Hoang at [email protected] on how to get involved with South Boston TEAM. Or you can connect with mentoring organizations throughout the state by visiting www.massmentors.org.