The changing demographics of our society supports the need for more professionals to be trained and to become passionate about working with older adults. The mentorship program at Boston Bridge helps advance that goal by providing personal contact between members and established professionals.
March at Boston Bridge means Mentor Madness! Each year a panel of established professionals in the field of aging will share their stories and thoughts about the power of mentoring. Boston Bridge will arrange e-introductions to members who feel someone from our list of mentors will contribute to their career interests and goals. After an initial in-person meeting, follow-up meetings can be done by phone or electronically if desired. Sustaining a healthy mentoring relationship does require a commitment to ongoing interaction between the mentor and mentee, but the frequency and mode of contact is up to the participants.
About the Mentorship Relationship*
A mentoring relationship is based on mutual collaboration and commitment to the professional growth of both participants. One participant may have more skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts than the other, but a good relationship allows for mutual respect and learning from each other. Such is the case with Boston Bridge mentors who, in their volunteer capacity, have exhibited abundant passion for the field of aging, and interest in its emerging professionals.
Mentors provide assistance with career growth at many stages: building a resume, advice with projects, identifying resources and career opportunities, introductions to their personal contacts, support when things are not going well and a pat-on-the-back when they do go well. Most leaders in society have had mentors that they credit as having been pivotal in their lives and their careers.
List of Boston Bridge Mentors 2016-2017
Chief Operating Officer, Chelsea Jewish Foundation
Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Director, Center on Aging in Community, Jewish Family & Children’s Services
Director, Newton Department of Senior Services
Clinical Director of Senior Services, Jewish Family & Children’s Services
LICSW, Hoarding Outreach Program Manager, Greater Lynn Senior Services
Adjunct Professor Salem State University
Executive Director, Home Care Aide Council
Assistant Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Executive Director, Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc.
Adjunct Faculty, University of Massachusetts Gerontology – MS in Aging Management
Director of Marketing & Outreach, Geriatric Division of Cambridge Health Alliance
Executive Director, Orchard Cove – a Hebrew Senior Life Continuing Care Retirement Community
Project Manager, DiMella Shaffer Architecture
Director of 55+ Programs for City of Newton Parks and Recreation Department
President, Social Work in Progress
Articles on the Value of a Mentorship Relationship
- The University of Washington has an exhaustive list of articles, websites, and book titles on the topic.
- Finding a Guide is a valuable article from Commongood Careers: www.commongoodcareers.org.
- This one from the Boston Globe breaks down different types of mentors.