By Cora Welton
Think back to a challenging point in your life. Who supported you? Who helped you become the person you are today?
My theater coach shaped the person I’ve become. She was an unapologetic feminist and supported me, on and off the stage, for the duration of my high school career. She taught me invaluable life lessons:
- Fighting for what you want isn’t a bad thing.
- Women can do anything that men can.
- Putting yourself first is self-care, not selfish.
Mentorship can be priceless, and participants in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB) program know firsthand. Over 2,400 children in Boston area communities are being served this year.
BBBSMB exhibits the role of mentorship in child development. According to their statistics, of students at-risk of falling off-track, those with a mentor were:
- 55% were more likely to enroll in college.
- 78% were more likely to volunteer regularly.
- 90% were interested in becoming a mentor.
“Every child in the community deserves to reach their fullest potential. We hope to bridge the opportunity gap by providing a supportive and positive mentor in their lives,” Paulina Pesqueria, BBBSMB Match Advocate, said.
Siblings works to bridge the gap in the Grove Hall area. By pairing a child with a Boston University student, two communities are connected. Siblings joins two individuals and creates one relationship filled with support and growth.
Being a mentor is a form of direct community service and changes a child’s life. This effect can ripple into the greater community. Maybe a mentee becomes a mentor, or draws others to the program. Spreading love and support strengthens our community, one way or another.
How do you nurture the your relationships with friends and family? To find out more about the Siblings program and how to get involved, visit here.
Interested in working with children and the education system? Join us tonight at 7PM in the CSC for a Q&A with Dean Coleman on Serving in Boston Public Schools! Join the Dean of the School of Education in a conversation about BPS challenges, trauma and learning, and serving in Boston Public Schools. Open to all BU students interested!