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Cynthia Orellana

Cynthia Orellana

Director, Commonwealth Corps


As I reflect upon my youth, I can remember the different supportive adults who were there to lend an ear and guide me through moments of discovery and help me become much of who I am today.  For many young people, a compassionate relationship with an adult that is present is all it takes to help ensure better outcomes and a chance for opportunity.

Can you remember a mentor you had along the way, or might have wished you had?

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January 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, an annual campaign to recruit volunteer mentors for young people. It is also a time to recognize the important role that mentors play in the lives of young people; helping young people with their personal and academic growth.

As part of National Mentoring Month, the Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), the statewide organization dedicated to strategically expanding quality mentoring to meet the needs of youth across Massachusetts, will host a series of events to highlight the impact of mentoring and raise awareness about the need for increased support for mentoring, including:

  1. January 25th – Mentoring Night at the Boston Celtics, sponsored by the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and the Highland Street Foundation, will include donated Celtics tickets for over 100 mentors and mentees from around the state and special recognition of a mentor as one the Celtics’ “Heroes Among Us.”
  2. January 26th – Youth Mentoring Day at the State House, co-hosted by the Massachusetts Service Alliance and sponsored by Staples, will honor state legislators and other supporters of mentoring, celebrate successful youth mentoring relationships, and present the new Ignite Award to a mentoring program staff or mentor who has demonstrated a commitment to motivating and inspiring people to become advocates of mentoring.
  3. January 31st – Youth Mentoring Forum at State Street, sponsored by State Street, keynoted by Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville, and will include mentoring programs, educators, businesses and other mentoring supporters from around the state.

There are currently 23,000 youth in mentoring relationships through 170 mentoring programs across the state, but there are at least 3,000 youth currently on waiting lists for mentors across the state. Enrich your life as much as you do a life of a child.  Find out how you can become a mentor today!

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