OUR STORIES: Partners for Youth with Disabilities

Building Capacity To Serve More Youth

Regina Snowden, Founder & Executive Director, Partners for Youth with Disabilities

At Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD), we empower young people with disabilities to reach their full potential through enriching mentoring relationships with adults. Our long relationship with Mass Mentoring Partnership as a member of their program network has given our organization countless opportunities to build our capacity to serve more young people who need our services.

In 2016 alone, MMP provided our organization with critical help in several ways. We received nearly $16,000 through the Mentoring Matching Grants state budget line item that MMP advocates for and administers. These funds helped us expand our mentor recruitment activities and offset the costs for intake, screening, matching, supervision and evaluation that are part of the mentoring process.

We participated in MMP’s Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring program again last year. Our AmeriCorps member, Ashley, helped us to provide better support for our matches and grow mentor retention as well as working with our staff to increase recruitment diversity by attending college fairs and helping to develop innovative recruitment strategies.

We were also proud to continue our partnership in the Mayor’s Mentoring Movement, helping MMP and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to reach the goal in 2016 of bringing 1,000 new caring adults into the lives of young people.

Mass Mentoring Partnership gives us the tools and resources to help make the work we do possible. Like us, they care about young people and the power of relationships!