The New York City Department of Education on Wednesday recognized a mentor, Brian Bergeron, and his mentee, Mariano Perez, as outstanding participants in the New York City Mentoring Program. The mentoring program gives students the opportunity to explore career pathways through visits to mentors’ workplaces.
Mariano is a senior at the High School for Art and Design in Manhattan and Brian is the assistant creative director at the Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store. In recent months, Brian and Mariano have focused their efforts on preparing a portfolio for Mariano’s college applications to arts and design schools, including the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Savannah College of Art and Design.
As this year’s Mentor-Mentee of the Year award recipient, Mariano will receive a $1,000 scholarship, generously provided by the Mentoring Tree Foundation.
“Brian inspired me to grow as an artist and a person,” said Perez. “I can only hope that someday, I will be able to return the favor and also mentor a student.”
“Mariano and I have come a long way,” said Bergeron. “Mariano works extremely hard, taking his mentor’s advice to heart, and in return, his dedication pushes me to improve my skills as his mentor.”
“Creating bonds between students and accomplished professionals helps students achieve their full potential in high school and beyond,” said Dorita Gibson, Deputy Chancellor for Equity and Access. “That’s what the New York City Mentoring Program is all about — providing mentoring experiences for as many of our city’s youth as possible.” The program is supported by The Fund for Public Schools.
Organizations interested in having employees become mentors should email Mentor@schools.nyc.gov.
January 18, 2012 - 1:03pm