Being a teenager is hard, being a teenager with a difficult situation at home is even more challenging. It can seem impossible trying to see to the end of the week much less gazing towards your future. Having someone who believes in you, and inspires you to take the next step, pass the next hurdle, or someone who just gives you a chance can be the difference between success and failure.
Twenty four odd years ago I ran away from home at the age of 16. I couldn’t handle my mother’s mental illness any longer so I looked for ways to get out of the house. I dropped out of school, briefly found a job as a live in nanny, and then tried telemarketing. I moved provinces, got myself into trouble more times than I’d like to admit, and all but begged for help to get back home less than a year later.
My Dad paid for my train ticket home, my aunt put me up until my mom found a place that would fit me and my meager possessions, and my uncle gave me my first real job working at his optical dispensary. At first all I did was clean frames and other small tasks around the office, but the more I proved myself the more my uncle showed me the tricks of the trade. My Uncle’s mentorship of me when I was a teen, helped me discover not just a job I enjoyed, but a career that has now spanned over twenty years. My uncle’s mentorship changed the course of my life.
Boston Pizza understands the importance of providing positive role models for kids in communities across Canada. This month, they are showing their love of mentorship by donating $1 from every pizza, (including heart-shaped pizza) sold on February 14th to the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects. A special Future Prospects red velvet cake dessert is also available until April 2, with a dollar from each sale going towards the Foundation.
Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects helps support organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kids Help Phone, Live Different, JDRF, and The Rick Hansen Foundation. The Foundation is committed, to the tune of more than 200,000 hours of guidance and inspiration with role models each year, which is helping kids achieve their full potential. They are making a huge difference in the lives of kids across Canada.
Heart-shaped pizzas are available in small and medium size (excluding thin crust), with classic or multigrain dough, and can be ordered for dine-in, take-out or delivery in any of Boston Pizza’s gourmet and create-your-own pizza varieties. If you aren’t sure if what you are ordering is helping the Foundation, ask! Though heart-shaped pizzas are only available once a year on Valentine’s Day, now until February 14, you can also purchase a Boston Pizza Paper Heart. Every $2 Paper Heart purchase receives a $5 off $25 coupon as a thank you for supporting the foundation.
This year marks the 27th anniversary of Boston Pizza Foundation. Keep the momentum going and spoil the ones who made a difference in your life. In doing so help kids in need find much needed mentoring to help them succeed like I did.
This blog post has been sponsored by Boston Pizza. All opinions expressed are my own.