DREAMFAR Mentors and Leaders

DHSM mentors/leaders are the very heart and soul of the program.  Mentoring student runners has been called, "a life changing experience” for both the student and the mentors/leaders. Students look to their mentors/leaders for guidance, leadership, and most of all encouragement.  Consider making the commitment to change a life today! 

Mentor and Leader Qualifications

  • Sincere desire to contribute to the growth and development of a young person

  • Ability to communicate openly and without judgment

  • Practical problem solving skills

  • Sensitivity to persons of all backgrounds

  • Must be at least 20 years old


Mentor Description

DHSM mentors run alongside youth and help them train for and complete the Providence Marathon or Half Marathon by providing companionship, motivation, and support.  Mentors run as part of the whole team, but are specifically matched in "running families" consisting of 4-6 mentors and 8-12 students.  No prior running experience is required to volunteer for this program however mentors must be committed to training alongside their students. 

Mentor Responsibilities and Commitment

  • Commitment to one full DHSM season (November-May)

  • Attend 80% of the Saturday training runs

  • Run the Providence Marathon or Half Marathon on Sunday May 3, 2020

  • Make sure student runners are safe and successful in their marathon training

Apply to be a mentor by completing the online DHSM Mentor Application HERE.  

Leader Description

DHSM operates in locations across the greater Boston area under the supervision of leaders.  DHSM provides the structure and guidance to implement the program, and leaders oversee the application of the program at their individual sites.  

Leader Responsibilities and Commitment

  • Commit to a full DHSM season (October-May)

  • Recruit students to participate in the program

  • Supervise 3 weekday runs per week

  • Oversee students' marathon training including creating training routes, securing meeting locations, and maintaining attendance

  • Enforce DHSM policies including proper precautions relating to safety and behavior

  • Attend bi-monthly leader meetings and race events

  • Communicate program information with students, parents, and school administration

  • Maintain contact with DHSM staff, including checking and responding to DHSM email regularly

Apply to be a leader by completing the online DHSM Leader Application HERE.  

DHSM's Resources for Mentors and Leaders

  • Certified marathon coaching

  • Regular mentorship training and support

  • Highly accessible program staff

  • Team social events

  • Access to physical therapy

  • Discounts at local running stores

  • CPR certification available

  • A once in a lifetime opportunity!

For more information about being a DHSM mentor or leader, please contact Kate Russell, kate@dreamfarhsm.org


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