It Takes A Village

“It Takes A Village” By: Christopher Margadonna   As you sit on a beach or some other relaxing summer destination, do you ever think about what more you could be doing to support your community which has had a part in your success? I hope that you will think about it and consider mentoring as […]

Why Mentoring

Why Mentoring By: Nichole Lewis   Mentoring is a low touch, High yield solution to many issues our communities face. Education is paramount to the success of any child and a building block for strong communities. Mentors can enhance the learning potential of students in many ways, including significant positive effects on two early warning […]

It’s All About the Kids!

It’s All About the Kids! By: Jo-Ann Schofield Every day I worry about the kids that need our help. As CEO of MENTOR Rhode Island, I see stories about kids who are successful because of their mentors. And kids that we should have reached, but didn’t. All kids need a caring adult to let them […]

Mentor Highlight- Carla Rich- Lifespan Mentoring Program

Carla Rich has always wanted to be a mentor.  Since graduating college, Carla has worked in the community, with adolescents and their families.  Through her work as a therapist, she finds herself building connections with young people, as she helps them to make strides that improve their life and well-being.  Due to the nature of […]

Meet the Dancers- Episode 4

  Melanie Flamand of Flamand & Associates Insurance, has been a Warwick resident most of her life.  Starting at MetLife in May, 1985 she has taken her love for the insurance business and become an independent agent, saving people money one policy at a time.  Active in the community, she enjoys giving her time to […]

Mentor Highlight- Amanda Briere- Real Connections Mentor Program

  Amanda Briere began as a volunteer mentor through Foster Forward’s Real Connections program in 2014. Real Connections Mentoring program works to match kids and teens in foster care to caring, supportive adults across Rhode Island. Amanda was matched with her 12-year old mentee based on their interests and personalities. Today, Amanda is still visiting […]

Meet the Dancers- Episode 3

  Christopher Cioe is a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual and plans to do whatever it takes to win this year’s Dancing With The Stars of Mentoring fundraiser. After being unable to compete last year due to surgery, he is ready to memorize his steps and promises to out dance and out fundraise his colleague […]

Mentor Highlight- Sue Dufour- West Warwick Mentor Program

  Sue Dufour is a long time resident of West Warwick and the perfect person to give back to the children of this community.  She is very close with her own children and grandchildren yet still finds the time to go above and beyond for West Warwick students and the mentor program!   Sue often […]

Meet the Dancers – Episode 2

Rick Medeiros is senior director of fan services for the Pawtucket Red Sox and has not missed a game in over 18 years. It is this type of commitment coupled with his belief in mentoring that makes him the perfect participant for this year’s Dancing with The Stars of Mentoring event. As a former Tiverton […]

Partner Highlight- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State

    Cassandra Priante is a Big Sister who has been matched with her Little Sister, Isabella, for close to two years. Cassandra was inspired to mentor by her classmates at Bryant University, where she is a sophomore, to become a part of the program and make a difference in the life of children in […]