Children’s Friend and Family Services (Children’s Friend) Youth Mentoring Program recently hosted a Career Night for mentoring matches at its main office in Salem. Participants learned about different career paths that community members have had and have an opportunity to ask questions. Children’s Friend Mentoring Program proudly welcomed 14 presenters including: Joanna Louf and two colleagues from the Salem Post Office; waitress Lauren Colbert from Tony C’s in Burlington; Tyler Rogers, Commercial Loan Operations Assistant from Beverly Bank in downtown Salem; plumber Cheryl Jabert from Beverly; Chocolatier Kathryn Pearson from Amesbury’s Ovedia Artisan Chocolates; Retail Sales Manager at Harbor Seafood Joanne McKinnon; Attorney David Wanger from Wenham; Small Business Owner for online and retail baby items from Perfect Pear Wear in Gloucester Amy Prichard; Chelsea Special Education teacher Kelly McInnis, Tewksbury Lacrosse Coach Erin Murphy and Scientist Susan Teague from Danvers.
Career path presenters came from diverse backgrounds and education/certification requirements and each shared messages of the importance of inclusion, working well with others, and working hard every day. More than forty individuals (including mentees, caretakers, and mentors) came to participate in the event. “Career Night was a huge success. Mentees present were ages 7-17 and asked great questions. The event showcased how important the program is to the youth and how community collaboration is an essential element of the both Children’s Friend’s Youth Mentoring Program and the lives of the children,” says Samantha Alves, Children’s Friend Director of Youth Mentoring. If you are interested or would like to know more contact Samantha Alves, Director of Youth Mentoring at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-219-1528.