What is Mentoring Really Like?
Though each mentoring story is different, they are all inspiring.
We are sharing IN REAL LIFE stories throughout the month of January in honor of National Mentoring Month. We hope they inspire you get involved and attend our Mentoring Open House and Information Session from 5PM-7PM on January 31, 2017 at 601 New Britain Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.
Joe and Robin
As a young inner-city child in a single-parent household, Joe was one of many young people facing an opportunity gap – as he describes it, “the odds were stacked against me.” Robin became Joe’s mentor when he was just 8 years old, and they both saw immediate changes, notably in the improvement of Joe’s grades. But the changes, a “ripple effect,” as Joe notes, would extend far beyond that.
The video, The Mentoring Effect, tells the story of Robin and Joe who were matched through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay when Joe was just eight years old. Their long-term relationship has impacted the lives of many people as Joe has grown to be a man committed to giving back to his community. This story exemplifies the mentoring effect and was the opening that set the stage for the 2015 National Mentoring Summit.