TEAM (Teens Engaged as Mentors), empowers diverse children and adolescents in a mentorship model that encourages strong leadership, self-confidence, and positive community relationships. This unique program pairs teens with and without an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis in a co-mentoring role, together supporting a younger child who is on an IEP (see participant descriptions below).
TEAM inspires rich personal growth and development within each mentor and mentee while nurturing strong leadership skills and self-confidence. It also encourages independence while helping youth to identify personal goals and create action plans for achieving them. TEAM promotes positive community engagement through ongoing partnerships with programs and agencies from all across the city. TEAM focuses on strengthening social awareness while promoting an appreciation and understanding of differences as strengths in each mentor and mentee. Consistent with Boston Medical Center's overarching mission of "exceptional care without exception", this integrated and comprehensive teen mentoring program encourages empowerment in all participants.
The TEAM program runs from September through June each year and hosts monthly activities focused around social/recreational or community service based activities. There is also a fall and spring training for mentors which prepares them to work with their co-mentor and mentee, as well as allows for their individual goal setting for the upcoming year. While the program participation requirements are fairly flexible, there are certain things that are important when deciding if the TEAM program might be a good fit.
Who are our participants?
A TEAM mentor…
- Is typically an adolescent who is in high school, between the ages of 14-22
- May or may not have a diagnosis of autism
- Could provide support and guidance to a younger child independently or with minimal adult support
- Is able to clearly communicate with other participants
- Is interested in and willing to attend trainings and workshops on mentoring, leadership, goal setting, and planning for the future
- Has goals for the program primarily focused on developing leadership skills, making community connections, socializing with others, and learning how to be a mentor
A TEAM mentee…
- Is typically a child between the ages of 9-13
- Is receiving special education services through an IEP
- Is interested in participating in group events with same-age and older peers
- Would benefit from having a role model to help with developing social and relationship skills
- Has goals for the program primarily focused on developing social skills, improving communication skills, being part of a group, and making community connections
What do TEAM participants do?
TEAM mentors and mentees engage in many activities all throughout the city of Boston. These events and activities allow participants the opportunity to build friendships, give back, and most of all, have fun. Some of these activities have included:
- Trail cleanup at the Boston Nature Center/Mass Audubon Society
- Care package creation for the MSPCA of Methuen
- Visiting Fenway Park and attending a Red Sox game
- Creating cookie jars and heating packs for senior citizens
- Bowling at Boston Bowl
- Visiting the Museum of Science, Boston
- Participating in the 2016 Boston Cares Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service which was attended by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
To learn more about TEAM, or if you know or are someone who would be interested in joining TEAM either as a mentor or mentee, please contact us at [email protected] or 617-414-3842, or visit www.facebook.com/TeensEngagedasMentors/.
Recruitment for the 2016-2017 school year has ended, but we are accepting applications for next year! All applications for the 2017-2018 school year are due by September 15, 2017.