“After four years of transient living in two foster homes and intermittent stays with friends, family, and his birth mother, Justin Pasquariello prepared to begin a new life with yet another foster family. Luckily, this new foster family proved to be his last stop. At age 9, Justin escaped the inconsistent and disruptive nature of life in the foster care system when his new foster family adopted him.
Nine years later, as a mentor during his freshman year at Harvard College, Justin learned first-hand the impact one person can have on the life of a child. In his senior year, he developed a mentoring program dedicated to serving the often overlooked and underserved population of foster and adopted youth in the Boston area. In June 2001, Justin forged an alliance with Mass Mentoring Partnership to pilot the Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring (AFC Mentoring or AFC) initiative.
In early spring 2002, AFC Mentoring made its first mentor-mentee “match.” AFC Mentoring became an independent 501(c)(3) in 2004 and continues to provide programs to serve both youth in foster care and those adopted out of care. Since its inception, AFC has enjoyed continuous growth and success in matching youth with highly committed volunteer mentors. AFC Mentoring continues to be among only a few mentoring organizations in the United States, and the only mentoring organization in Massachusetts, that exclusively serves the unique, pressing needs of youth in the foster care system.
The future holds exciting prospects for AFC. Thanks to recent growth and success, and in response to the observed need for additional supports for older youth, we plan to grow our programming significantly in the coming years. As AFC expands to reach a greater number of youth and potential mentors, develop new and innovative trainings for mentors and mentees, and prepare foster youth to become leaders and advocates, we can more effectively meet the myriad needs of this underserved population, and more successfully achieve our mission.”
Here’s a synopsis of the current needs from AFC Mentoring:
Are you a restaurant owner who would like to cater one of our information or training sessions? Do you have passes that you would like to give to our matches to use? Do you have a summer home you would like to donate the use of for summer camping weekends? If so, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to donate these to AFC Mentoring and its matches.