Janna Lafrance, SMILES Mentor
SMILES Mentor Rally in honor of January’s Mentor Appreciation Month
On January 26, 2017, SMILES held a Mentor Rally at White's of Westport to show our appreciation of the numerous members of the community who so generously volunteer their time to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth through mentoring. Collaborating in the event was Big Friends Little Friends and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
People Incorporated Board Member, Janna Lafrance, spoke about how being a SMILES mentor has had such a tremendous impact on her own life. She talked with the group about how gratifying it is to see the child she mentors accomplish goals, try activities that are outside of her comfort zone, and listen to her talk about her hopes and dreams for the future. She also discussed the many outside challenges youth carry along with them on a daily basis.
Mayor Jasiel Correia pledged his support to the SMILES Mentoring Program and all mentor programs doing such great work for youth within the Greater Fall River area.
Also announced at the Mentor Rally were the details about the Ninth Annual Miles for SMILES 5K and Walk to take place April 23, 2017! The event will take place at People Incorporated's 900 Riggenbach Road location within the Fall River Industrial Park, which will provide a great launch point for the children and adults who participate in the family-friendly event. which included a new date and new location. For more details, click here.