Author: True Mentors

July Celebrations

New Match Celebrations! This month 9 new TRUE Relationships were formed between our mentors and mentee families! Thanks to our partnerships with Ben & Jerry’s, Jimmy Johns & the Hoboken Historical Museum, all of our new matches were able to schedule their first FREE match night out at a local business. Each new mentor/mentee match brought a … Continued

Vanessa Garaio – Interim Summer Program Coordinator

Vanessa has taught in the NJ public schools for ten years with experience in Kindergarten through High School. She holds NJ teacher certification in both Spanish and English as a Second Language, the latter of which she has taught for the past eight years in a K-5 school. In addition to her vast experience as a teacher, … Continued

A Letter from DeShawn Singleton

Dear Families & Volunteers, This letter is to inform you I will no longer be serving as the Program Director at TRUE Mentors. I have very much enjoyed the time I have spent here working with the families and volunteers involved in the TRUE Mentors program. As a former mentee myself, I have seen first … Continued

May Events

The Month of May is full of FUNdraisers at TRUE Mentors! Spring is in the air, bringing with it a ton of FUNdraising opportunities for our supporters and volunteers. You can show your support on Thursday, May 11th at Chick-fil-A Spirit Night! Head on over to the Newport Mall to show your support for TM! Don’t forget to … Continued

April Spotlight – Phil Donaus

Favorite book is the Zero Game by Brad Meltzer. Favorite movie is Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson Favorite Quote “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama Fun Fact: I used … Continued

New Program Director DeShawn Singleton

This March TRUE Mentors hired a new, full-time program Director, DeShawn Singleton (pictured far right). Mr. Singleton comes to TRUE Mentors from BRICK Academy, where he served as the Youth Development Manager. Prior to that, DeShawn took the opportunity to play basketball overseas and most recently was inducted into the Rutgers Basketball Hall of Fame, DeShawn grew up … Continued

My last 5 years

Dear volunteers, donors, and parents,    It still doesn’t seem real that almost 5 years after getting involved with TRUE Mentors, I am stepping away. I came in motivated to contribute to my community, work to make Hoboken a better place for youth, and to make an impact. I have been reflecting on the impact and … Continued

March Celebrations

Last month we hosted the 8th annual Chili Cook Off and Homebrew contest. This was TRUE Mentors first year hosting the event and we can’t thank Hoboken Volunteers enough for passing along the torch. The 2017 edition was a great success – we had over 400 attendees and raised over $16,000 and gave away over $3,000 … Continued

Softball for a Cause

Calling all TM softball players! We need your help! TRUE Mentors is teaming up to raise money for a school for autism in Summit, NJ. This is a coed event designed to be a fast, fun morning/afternoon of softball and fundraising. Teams will each play 2 games. The winning teams will then immediately face off … Continued

February Celebrations

There’s nothing wrong with celebrating your own birthday, and TRUE Mentors kicked off 2017 doing just that! On Saturday, January 28th, TRUE Mentors turned six years old! Our celebration took place at the Boys & Girls Club, where Mentors, Mentees and our supporters gathered to celebrate six great years, while also looking ahead to many … Continued