Ashley Flores was an eighth grader in Lawrence, Massachusetts when she met her mentor. It was the beginning of a bond that endured through high school and is just as strong today.
“We just clicked,” said Flores, now a special education teacher at Lawrence High School. “She’s like my second mom, a friend, a sister — someone I can go to if I need anything.”
That “someone” is Liz Rogers. When she started mentoring Flores, Rogers was an Operations lead at the Raytheon Technologies business now known as Raytheon Missiles & Defense, or RMD. They first connected through Family Services’ Stand & Deliver, an academic mentoring program that matches Lawrence public school students, grades 8–12, with mentors from local businesses.
Flores was one of Rogers’ first mentees, and they remain in contact today. “It’s been very rewarding as I’ve watched her grow,” Rogers said. “It’s great to be able to be a trusted adult in somebody’s life, because as much as they get from it, I do too.”
Rogers is among several hundred employees who mentor students through various programs RMD supports across the United States. In addition to Stand & Deliver, others include Earn to Learn, Imagine Your STEM Future, Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering, Pima JTED, Women in STEM and the AUM Foundation’s Pathway 2 Success.
“We team up with these organizations because we believe in helping students today find their place in the future,” said Kristin Hilf, Vice President of Global Communications and Marketing for Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “Mentorship transcends textbook learning, as our volunteer mentors share what they’ve learned over the course of their careers.”