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2020 February 3
Posted by Amelia
One in three young people will grow up without a mentor. Community engagement is a key component in supporting the mentoring movement. It is crucial that public officials at all levels become more involved in community initiatives that layer mentoring into their programming. We recently hired Miguel Torres, who has joined the Mass Mentoring Partnership staff as the Manager of Community Engagement for the focus areas of Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury and Lawrence.     Miguel will be supporting My Brother's Keeper Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foundation working to... Read more
2020 January 31
Posted by Amelia
With the start of National Mentoring Month, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) launched a new video series to highlight the power of meaningful relationships. Helping to build this project gave me the opportunity to visit many of our partners and directly interact with the mentors and mentees they serve. As AmeriCorps ambassadors of mentoring, corps members serve at nonprofits throughout the state in a variety of roles. My service site is the Mass Mentoring Partnership office, which means that I do not have as many opportunities outside of our events to speak with mentors and mentees as other... Read more
2020 January 29
Posted by Amelia
BOSTON – Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo served as a guest speaker at the Annual Youth Mentoring Day hosted by Mass Mentoring Partnership at the State House on January 23rd. The event celebrated mentoring and the impact that strengthening youth-adult relationships can have on young people and communities. Over 300 mentoring program staff, advocates and young people took part in the event at the State House’s Great Hall. The morning program featured a panel discussion on the power of collective action and remarks from leaders at Mass Mentoring Partnership along with Reps. Aaron Vega,... Read more
2020 January 27
Posted by Amelia
Boston, Mass. - January is National Mentoring Month. Mass Mentoring Partnership is proud to be a partner in the Mayor's Mentoring Movement. Check out the public service announcement here that helps to promote the Mayor's Mentoring Movement. It features Fatoumata, a mentee from EVkids,Inc. and the Mayor talking about mentoring and encouraging adults to sign up to be a mentor in the movement. For more information, please visit boston.gov/mentor. 
2019 December 24
Posted by Amelia
Last week, I had the opportunity to talk with Kristin Humphrey, the mentoring director at Partners for Youth with Disabilities.   Kristin has worked with PYD since October of 2010, and a combination of experiences led her to the program and appreciation of its niche. She first began mentoring in high school which she continued through college. Her previous work at Massachusetts General Hospital with disabled individuals combined with her previous experience as a mentor led her to join PYD. Now, she directs the mentoring program and oversees targeted recruitment for their one-on-one community-... Read more
2019 December 23
Posted by Amelia
Creating 10,000 meaningful relationships between youth and adults is an ambitious goal for any organization, and yet that is exactly what Starbucks, LinkedIn, and MENTOR have joined forces to do. The focus for this particular program is to help young adults jumpstart or grow their careers by fostering valuable connections. Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Rory Dugan from Starbucks to catch up on the 10,000 Connections campaign. Before my time with MMP, we paired with Starbucks and LinkedIn to host mentoring events at local Starbucks venues. Although this blog will focus on... Read more
2019 November 26
Posted by Amelia
A huge thank you to everyone who joined us at Cheers to Mentoring! What an amazing night and incredible turnout!   Over 150 people were on hand at the Liberty Hotel to see  Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker receive the Founders’ Award in recognition of her commitment to helping children, particularly those engaged with  the Wonderfund through the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.   A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a $20,000 ALKU Scholarship to Garshae Mowatt-Mckenzie, a senior at Boston Community Leadership Academy.  Garshae... Read more
2019 November 26
Posted by Amelia
This November, I am reminded of my mentor/mentee relationship and the various figures throughout my life who have positively impacted my development.  I received my first mentor when I was six years old. I had just transferred to a new school, and every kid between kindergarten and second grade was matched with a student six years older than them. My buddy, like me, was a new student. I do not remember much of our time together, but I do remember how he made me feel more comfortable in a new space. When I entered sixth grade, I had my own opportunity to be a buddy for a kindergartner. My... Read more
2019 October 28
Posted by Amelia
October 18th, 2019 was a historical day as the first spacewalk was performed by an all-female crew. Although women have been astronauts and had a strong presence within NASA for decades, this symbolic recognition has become a talking point throughout the nation.  This event comes to us fittingly during STEM month. Today’s society often places a negative pressure on young girls, disheartening them to pursue STEM careers. That is why role models that go against the norm such as the two astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are pivotal examples in proving that women are not limited in... Read more
2019 October 22
Posted by Amelia
BOSTON – Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding quality youth mentoring in Massachusetts, has announced that Garshae Mowatt-Mckenzie, a student at Boston Community Leadership Academy, is the recipient of the 2019 ALKU Scholarship. The $20,000 award, payable over four years, is given to a rising high school senior who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. The recipient must have benefitted from a positive mentoring experience with an adult, be involved in their community, have shown leadership in school and... Read more

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