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Bar News - December 17, 2014

Mentoring Relationship Benefits Lawyer and Mentee

Chea Chebo, 13, a Liberian immigrant, enjoys a Fisher Cats game with attorney Tony Sayess, who has served as his mentor and friend for the past four years through the Friends Program in Concord.
Like most lawyers, Concord Attorney Tony Sayess of Rath, Young and Pignatelli is a busy person. Despite his demanding career and several outside commitments, however, Sayess has made the time to meet with his Friends Youth Mentoring Program mentee, Chea Chebo, about once a week over the past four years.

Chebo, 13, came to the US from Liberia and lives with his grandmother and siblings in Concord. He and Sayess take advantage of several program activity offerings through the Friends Program, but are also content to orchestrate their own schedule of community-based outings.

“Chea and I are friends,” Sayess says. “We hang out and do fun things together.”

They’ve attended a Fisher Cats baseball game, a documentary film, a Celtics basketball game, a multicultural festival, and a kayak excursion. Through Sayess, Chebo has come to know Concord well and understand several opportunities his city has to offer.

“It’s great to feel that you are helping someone and having a positive impact on their life,” Sayess says. “I’ve also gotten to do a lot of really fun activities I probably wouldn’t have done otherwise.”

For nearly 40 years, the Friends Youth Mentoring Program has held a strong belief that one-on-one time with a positive, supportive adult mentor can greatly improve the life of an at-risk or in-need youth. Volunteers are the centerpiece of the agency.

The Friends Youth Mentoring Program is always looking for volunteer mentors. For more information, contact Lia Tarbell or Susanne Stich at (603) 228-0108.

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