Posted by Richard Manelis on Jan 26, 2021
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a 501 non-profit organization whose mission is to "create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth". Adult volunteers are matched with children from age 5 to young adulthood. 
Courtney Evans , Program Director, and Brandon Portillo, Chair of the Mazie Mentoring Program, spoke about mentoring the youth in MetroWest.  Mentoring is accomplished by matching an adult volunteer with a student and their spending time together after school.  The Mentor can engage in a variety of activities with the Mentee: snacks together, homework, board games, crafts, sports, etc. The adult serves as a role model, a confidant, friend, resource and mentor.
The Mazie Mentoring Program focuses on High School Sophomores who are matched with a community professional for a three year commitment (which usually becomes a lifetime relationship). Meetings are about 8 hours a month and the adult and student celebrating together the student’s success and growth.
“A Mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself”