Mentoring programs in Massachusetts serve youth with numerous risk factors that can negatively affect their overall development.

Since I began running road races after college, I was asked repeatedly if I would ever run a marathon. My response had always been the same, "I plan on doing that when I am thirty." It is baffling to think that I have now completed three marathons and as many say I have "caught the bug." But the goal of completing a marathon for Mass Mentoring Partnerships is far more meaningful than just the accomplishment of running a long distance. It is an event in which I feel my participation will make a difference in the lives of others, something I strive to do in my own life on a daily basis. When I crossed the finish line in 2008, it was quite a moment. It was captured with a picture now in a frame captioned, "A Day to Remember." That day, many of those who have mentored me throughout my life came to show their support. I have been fortunate to know and love so many older and wiser individuals. Whether it was how to make an apple pie or how to handle some of life's challenges, there has always been someone who has been able to offer me guidance. In turn, I have tried to extend myself to others as well. I cannot think of a more fitting cause to support. I thank all of you who were there in 2008 and hope that once again you will support me in making a difference! Sincerely, Patricia

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    Mass Mentoring Partnership is fueling the movement to expand quality mentoring for youth to meet the needs of communities across MA.
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