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Junior Mentors Round out the Year with a Week Full of Events June 1, 2010

Posted by erikaobannon in Events, Junior Mentors, Mentor volunteers, Volunteering.
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Once our clubs end and the end of the year ceremonies pass, our Junior Mentors still have a few responsibilities before SCFG is officially over for the school year.

Twelve Junior Mentors were selected to participate in the 1st annual America’s Next Top Junior Mentor, a private event to celebrate the top performing Junior Mentors of Cambridge, Boston, and Newton. The recipients of this year’s award were treated to a fun-packed evening of dinner and adrenaline-boosting laser tag. Congratulations to Fatima, Sila, Jacqueline, Amalia, Tessa, Cynthia, Candace, Aicha, Leyla, Lauren, Daria, Ashley, and Desiree for being selected for this year’s America’s Next Top Junior Mentor. We truly appreciate your outstanding work, positive spirit, and dedication.

To celebrate the end of the semester, all of the Junior Mentors were invited to attend a series of field trips during the week of May 18th. On Tuesday our young women met engineers who build underwater vehicles at BlueFin Robotics. While At Easter Seals Assistive Technology on Wednesday, we explored the various technologies available to children and adults with disabilities. On Thursday we had a window into MIT’s fascinating world of science, engineering, and technology at the MIT Museum. The week ended with a meaningful dialogue at Harvard University with current students about higher education and internal motivation.

Junior Mentors and SCFG staff reconvened the very next morning for the 2nd Annual Junior Mentor Retreat at the Blue Hills Observatory in Milton. We were greeted by great weather and a gorgeous landscape, a welcome change for all of us. From 10am to 5pm, the young women gathered together for workshops, a BBQ, hiking, and sisterhood. Workshops were led by TERi College, Mer+ge, AIDS Action Committee, Blue Hills staff, and volunteers; focusing on topics from future career plans to kite making to healthy relationships. It was a spectacular day to end the year!

A big thank you to our volunteers: Emily Conn, Bridget Alex, Sabine Schneider, and Lizz; our field trip hosts: Mikell Taylor, Meaghan Fitzgerald, Robin Meisner; and Kathryn Hollar; the Blue Hills Observatory; and of course our wonderful staff!

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