On January 29, the SMILES Mentoring Program hosted a "Mentor Mingle" at Scottie's Pub to celebrate National Mentoring Month. Mentors who volunteer with students in schools in Fall River and New Bedford gathered to discuss their shared experiences working with their mentees. Each mentor received a certificate of participation - including some mentors who have been with the program for 15 years!
We were especially grateful to have Fall River Mayor Paul Coogan in attendance. Mayor Coogan himself is a past recruiter for the SMILES program, and he presented an official citation from the City recognizing Mentor Appreciation Month!