January, known in the mentoring world as “National Mentoring Month,” was created in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Heatlh and MENTOR. National Mentoring Month celebrates mentoring and the positive effects it has on young lives while focusing national attention on the need for mentors. For NMA, National Mentoring Month is also an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding dedication, commitment, and work of their own mentors. NMA hosted their second annual Mentor Appreciation Dinner on January 31st in honor of their volunteers. In 2012, NMA mentors spent 3600 hours with at-risk youth serving approximately 40 matches. Over half of the matches currently in the program have been together for at least one year, with many reaching 2,3 or 4 years!
It was a great year for mentoring in NMA and as Debbie Tyson-Gottlieb, Mentoring Director, reminded mentors at the Mentor Appreciation Dinner, “We would not have a program without you, so thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Match of the Game
NMA’s very own Hayden and Deidra were selected as the “Match of the Game” at the December 10th Patriot’s game. For the ninth consecutive year, New England’s World Champion Nose Tacle Vince Wilfork has been teaming up with Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), The Sports Hub, and New England Patriots Radio Network 98.5 to make this opportunity possible. Mentors were asked to complete an application that included questions about their match. Hayden and Deidra were invited to attend a Patriot’s home game as their special guest after a rigorious selection process. As the MMP Marketing and Match Activity Coordinator stated: “This was a way to acknowledge that their mentoring relationship is truly amazing!”
NMA is very excited about their new partnership with Dreamfar High School Marathon (DHSM). DHSM is New England’s first high school marathon program and was founded in 2008. DHSM gives students the opportunity to realize the significant achievement of completing a marathon, through a training program that values mentorship, dedication, hard work and support. NMA staff will be supporting the DHSM’s mentoring component of their program as well as running and training with the students. DHSM ran their first race earlier in December; the 5K Holiday Hustle hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of Newton.
DHSM will be running the New Bedford Half Marathon this coming March and the Cox Providence Marathon in May.