This guest post is courtesy of Sharon Loveridge from the Melrose C.A.R.E.S. Community Mentoring Program. Sharon is discussing how they celebrated National Mentoring Month
My name is Sharon Loveridge and I am the program coordinator for the Melrose C.A.R.E.S. Community Mentoring Program. Our program serves middle school youth from the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School. Our program has been around for seven years and has helped more than 60 students navigate the highs and lows of middle school.
Mentoring is important because with middle school being such a pivotal time in a child’s life, what child couldn’t use an extra set of eyes and ears to help him or her get through it? Additionally, not all children have the resources at home to expose them to new things. Our program offers these kids a supportive, accepting adult who can listen, acknowledge, accept, and guide them through anything that may come their way.For National Mentoring Month, our program chose to honor our mentors with an evening of recognition on Jan. 25. It was catered by Bobby C’s D’Amicis Bakery, both local, popular establishments. We invited mentors from current programs, as well as former programs that I have run over the past four years – about 40 in total. We also hosted board members, and State Rep. Paul Brodeur was on-hand to say a few words and give citations on behalf of the State. Chris Stevens, VP of Corporate Relations and Customer Development from Keurig Coffee in Reading was also on hand to talk about giving back and living your dreams. It was a very exciting evening for all!
We also participated in I am a Mentor Day, adding a blurb about the day to both our program’s Facebook page and our agency’s page.