Building Confidence and Skills With Role Model Mentors

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By Laurie Corbett, Publisher, Macaroni Kid South Shore Boston June 9, 2018

Sometimes you just need someone a little older and a little wiser who can listen and guide you. This was the situation we found ourselves in this spring as my oldest was trying out a new sport for the first time, and dealing with the feeling and emotions that come with the end of the school year. When the opportunity came to work with Role Model Mentors I hoped it would be exactly what we needed.

A little over a month ago our oldest daugher Hannah met her mentor Catherine. Catherine was selected for Hannah based on their compatibility in a number of areas including Hannah trying lacrosse for the first time - Catherine plays on the Hingham High School Girl Varsity team. You can read more about our experience signing up for Role Model Mentors and the process of being matched with a mentor HERE. Over the last few weeks, their relationship has grown so much! Catherine has helped Hannah continue her love for learning while supporting her extracurricular interests. Role Model Mentors uses a whole kid approach to mentoring and that has been visible since their first session together. 

Together they have completed homework and school projects, supported Hannah's love of science and technology while completing Girl Scout badges, navigated the difficult end of the school year friendship dynamics while doing crafts, and talked about achievement and the importance of your best being enough while making water bead stress balls. Hannah looks forward to seeing Catherine each week, and every week she comes away with a little more confidence and a few more skills to support her love of learning, and to help her navigate life's social situations in a way that wouldn't be the same coming from her mom. 

I love that Role Model Mentors uses local high school students, who excel in academics, sports, and the arts, to mentor and support students in kindergarten through grade eight. They provide mentees with someone in the community to look up to while giving local high school students a paid (or for credit or community service) after-school job that helps their community while using their personal interests and talents as they learn entrepreneurial skills. So, while choosing Role Model Mentors to support my kids I am also supporting other students in my community. Summer is right around the corner and it's a perfect time to work with a mentor to retain skill learned during the school year, and develop a relationship with a mentor!

To learn more about Role Model Mentors and sign up for a free trial visit Don't forget to follow them on Facebook @RMMentors,  Instagram @RoleModelMentors, and Twitter @RMMentors.