Running Hopkinton to Boston again--- because improving the odds of young people, 1 mile at a time is that much fun!
I am dedicated to leveling out the playing field for kids from at-risk communities through being an ambassador for mentoring. My mentoring background includes being a "Mentor" at Strong Women Strong Girls, a "Pal" at the Timility Middle School Promising Pen-Pals Program (currently still writing letters!), and lastly but definitely not least - "Buddy" for Best Buddies. I'm very passionate about the difference you can make in someone's life by being a mentor, pal, or buddy to them.
All of these different titles are in my past but connect to my present. For the 2nd year in a row, I am a charity runner for the Mass Mentoring Partnership. I run to serve. I run for something better for someone else. And I love it.
I appreciate you supporting both my cause and of course my training efforts.
To learn more about the ins-and-outs of this journey visit my training blog:
Q: What makes the Mass Mentoring Partnership so important?
A: MMP helps to support and expand quality youth mentoring in Massachusetts!
180+outstanding programs funded http://www.massmentors.org/qualitymembership
*In 2011, there are approximately 2,700 children on program waiting lits in need of a mentor and the average time spent on waiting lists is a minimum of 6-12 months due to an inadequate number of volunteers.
*50% of youth in Massachusetts who drop out of high school come from low-income families and research demonstrates that mentoring has significant positive effects on two early indicates of high school dropouts- high levels of absenteeism and recurring behavior problems.
*Within the 10 largest urban communities in Massachusetts there are over 52,000 young people living in single-parent households and in poverty. These kids need the guidance of a mentor to reach their dreams.
- Partners for Youth with Disabilties http://happinessisstrength.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/mass-mentoring-partner-spotlight-partners-for-youth-with-disabilities/
- Press Pass TV http://happinessisstrength.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/program-spotlight-press-pass-tv/
- John Andrews Mazie Memorial Foundation of Framingham and Waltham http://happinessisstrength.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/program-spotlight-john-andrew-mazie-memorial-foundation-of-framingham-waltham/