January is National Mentoring Month, an annual campaign aimed at expanding mentoring opportunities and connecting more young people with adult mentors.
Catholic Charities of Boston’s T.E.A.M (Together Engaging Adolescents through Mentoring) program matches South Boston youth, ages 8-16, with caring adult mentors. T.E.A.M.’s mission is to enhance the resiliency of youth by increasing their self-esteem, strengthening their school-attachment, and fostering their ability to make positive life choices. The program launched almost 22 years ago, and since then nearly 300 matches have been made.
During non-COVID times, our mentors and mentees meet once a week for two hours or more, group activities take place monthly and program staff checks in regularly to provide support.
Program participants report:
- 87.5% of youth reported that their attitude towards school had improved
- 62.5% reported that their grades were better
- 62.5% reported they came to school better prepared
- 75% reported that they believed that others see them as better leaders
- 87.5% reported that they get along better with others, such as friends and teachers,
- 100% reported that they felt more confident in themselves
- 100% reported that they had a more positive view of their future
- 100% reported that they were better able to resist drugs and alcohol because of the time spent with their mentors.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the T.E.A.M. program is on pause to ensure the health and safety of everyone. However, just because we are in the midst of a health crisis, does not mean that the need for mentors goes away. In fact, with many families facing uncertainty right now, mentors are even more important to the youth in our communities. T.E.A.M. program staff currently remain in contact with all mentors and mentees to check in on their activities (done remotely), to keep everyone engaged until the program can become fully active again.
For those interested, we are still accepting new potential mentor and mentee applications, as well.
For more information and to apply for the program, please visit the program page by clicking here.