by Marty Martinez
Throughout my life, I’ve been lucky enough to have had mentors in my life as well as to be a mentor to others. I’d like to share some of these relationships in my Top Ten Mentoring Moments!
Mentoring Moment #10
At 14 years of age, my mother had me involved in Latino youth leadership programs. She believed, rightfully so, that
I should take advantage of any additional support and programs that might help me prepare for my future. It’s through that involvement that I met Delia Garcia and began a peer to peer mentoring relationship. Delia is an amazing woman who has accomplished so much including being the first Latina elected as a state representative in Kansas and now working at the National Educational Association in Washington, D.C. I have learned so much from her. Most importantly, I learned that every challenge is a new opportunity to forge ahead and work that much harder to succeed. Delia was a mentor when I was younger and continues to be a mentor to me today.
Mentoring Moment #9
Over 10 years ago, I had the privilege of going door to door in support of a candidate for state representative who had prioritized issues that I cared about in the community. Meeting voters and talking to them about Linda Dorcena Forry and the issues she cared about only further led me to see Linda as someone I admired and respected. Over the years, I have grown to see Linda as a mentor not only to someone like me but to many other leaders of color in our community who are striving to make a difference in Boston and beyond. I continue to learn every day from Linda’s desire to make Boston an even better place to live, work and raise a family.
I’ll be sharing more of these moments over the next few weeks. These stories show the kind of relationships that I want to make sure young people across the Commonwealth can have. It’s the reason I put on my helmet and get on my bike each fall for the Rodman Ride for Kids! I hope you’ll join me in fueling this movement by donating to me through my ride page.
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Topics of Interest
- MENTOR: The National Mentoring PartnershipNovember 12, 2014 -
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. For nearly 25 years, MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, cutting-edge research and state of the art tools.
- Academic Web PagesAugust 6, 2012 -
Academic Web Pages is the leading provider of customized websites for researchers, centers, nonprofits, and universities. AWP designed and has contributed generously to the creation of the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring.