High School Junior Eli Richmond has Created and Launched a Program to Connect Parents of Young Kids With Well Qualified High School Mentors
Eli Richmond is entering his senior year at Newton North High School outside of Boston and he is an impressive young man. Last year he created a company MentorBuddies (www.MentorBuddies.com) that provides a technology platform that enables parents of young children (typically ages 5-13) to find and hire talented high school mentors across a broad range of skills (academics, sports, music, art, etc.).
With MentorBuddies, young kids are taught by high school varsity athletes, AP/honors students and talented musicians, developing strong relationships with successful teens.
Since the website opened for parents last November, several hundred lessons have been provided, with over 100 mentors in town across the Boston area, including Newton, Needham, Wellesley, Brookline, and Cambridge, and over 35 skill areas available for teaching.
One way of thinking about MentorBuddies is that it’s kind of like AirBnB for parents of young children looking for qualified high school mentors.
The idea for MentorBuddies arose from several years of teaching chess to younger kids in Newton, which helped Eli realize the need for teen role models who have unique skills or expertise and can offer personalized lessons at a much lower rate than adult  professionals.
MentorBuddies Parent Testimonials
Here are just a few of the numerous testimonials Eli provided when I asked if he had any to share.
“I love MentorBuddies. It made my life with 3 children so much easier. I used to ask for tutor recommendations through Facebook. Sometimes I would get good recommendations, but other times, I did not. MentorBuddies makes it really easy to connect with great tutors and schedule sessions. The rate is always the same, and very reasonable. Your credit card gets automatically charged after each lesson, so you don’t have

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