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MENTOR Links Program

The MENTOR Links program was developed to encourage engagement with the agency, maintain contact with families and provide the over 150 children and young people who are “waiting” with the chance to benefit from mentoring and interact with other children in the same situation.

The MENTOR Links Program involves matching small groups of young people with 2 or more volunteer mentors for 8 to 10 weeks of weekly sessions. The sessions will focus on content designed to help children build healthy relationships, build new skills and improve self confidence. The program provides opportunities for agency staff to get to know the children much better which ultimately helps us make the best match possible between the child and their future Big.

Goals of the program are to provide wait list children the opportunity to:

  • Learn about their own strengths and build confidence.
  • Understand what it means to be empathetic, compassionate and caring.
  • Learn how to find the good people in their lives.
  • Understand how to create strong, healthy connections with others and with their community.
  • Build skills such as teamwork, communication and decision making.

Opportunity for Volunteers:

We want to provide adults from the community who might not normally consider volunteering with a short-term commitment opportunity. This program provides volunteers with an 8 to 10 week experience of what being a Big is like through participation in small group programs. Once volunteers see how great our children really are, we just might be able to convince new volunteers to become Bigs in one of our other programs!

This program is graciously supported by The Boston Pizza Foundation for 2016-17!

For more information contact Hilary Kleinke.


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