PBHA’s Mission Mentor fosters one-on-one relationships between Mission Hill youth and college-age mentors in order to broaden children’s access and exposure to the resources in Boston and beyond.
To enroll your child in Mission Mentor, or to learn more about volunteering, contact the program directors at email@example.com.
Jose Coronado, Leesa Quinlan & Jad Wehbe
PBHA’s Mission Mentor fosters one-on-one relationships between Mission Hill youth and college-age mentors in order to broaden children’s access and exposure to the resources in Boston and beyond. Through encouragement and friendship, Mission Mentor strives to increase the confidence and optimism with which youth approach their own education and future.
Mission Mentor pairs 12 mentors with 12 young people ages 12-16 in the Mission Hill neighborhood. Mentees all are either current or past participants in PBHA’s Mission Hill Afterschool Program, which provides tutoring Monday through Thursday. Mission Mentor compliments the afterschool program’s group-based academic curriculum by facilitating one-on-one interaction between mentors and mentees to create a space for shared learning.
Participants in Mission Mentor meet each Friday from 4:00-7:00 PM. Programming alternates between individual outings for pairs of mentors and mentees, and group activities to foster community between all members of Mission Mentor. Individual outings allow time for bonding between mentors and mentees, gives mentees the space to work through the more private issues in their lives with a mentor, and encourages mentees to engage in personally meaningful activities. Recent individual outings have included prospective student visits to alternative high schools, pottery-making classes at a local art studio, trips to Chinatown during Chinese New Year, and a trip to the Bill Russell statue to talk about the importance of mentoring.
Group outings allow time for bonding between mentors and mentees across the program, and create a fun, safe space for teens to socialize with friends. Group outings have included trips to the Arnold Arboretum and the Museum of Fine Arts, a public speaking workshop, indoor rock climbing, and more.