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2021 July 13
Posted by Amelia
Nicole Richer started her company, The Compliance Mentor Group (TCMG), in 2012 in order to increase racial and gender diversity in the construction industry. She was first inspired to go into this work while still in high school after noticing the lack of female and minority mentors in the sciences and especially in construction and the building trade. Today, Richer heads a Certified Minority/Woman-Owned Business Enterprise that boasts of one of the most progressive workforce development mentoring programs in the industry.     TCMG is an Affiliate Member of MMP’s mentoring network and has had... Read more
2021 June 16
Posted by Amelia
With summer soon to be in full swing and vaccinations continuing to roll out, MMP is looking into all sorts of activities that mentors and mentees can do together in person. We recently spoke to Jacque Rivera, Director of Operations at Springfield's South End Community Center talk about summer programming at the Center.    1.      For those not familiar with your organization, could you tell them about it and how it supports youth?   The South End Community Center supports youth with a“ wrap around model”. It is our mission to offer services that directly support and positively influence... Read more
2021 May 24
Posted by Amelia
For this month’s Mentor-Mentee Relationship Highlight, Teyana Maria Grande of Sociedad Latina was kind enough to speak with me about an exceptional mentor from her program: Heather Alcala.    Heather Alcala is at nearby Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. She works one-on-one with 12 students, helping them take the steps towards finishing high school and moving on to their postsecondary goals.   “What I like about volunteering is that now there are 12 kids that don’t have to do life by themselves,” described Heather. “When I was growing up, I would have loved to have someone to... Read more
2021 May 12
Posted by Amelia
Mass Mentoring Partnership is excited to be in partnership with Good Sports to celebrate Physical Fitness and Mental Health Awareness Month.  Ensuring that young people and adults are in a consistent relationship, able to enjoy physical activity, and have the ability to do it together is a great way to keep young people healthy and connected. Good Sports is a nonprofit organization that gives kids the lifelong benefits of sports and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel, and footwear to those most in need. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided nearly $70 million in sports equipment... Read more
2021 May 12
Posted by Amelia
Having worked with young people from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings for over 30 years, MMP Program Manager Rosie McMahan led a training on April 28th titled “Youth Mental Health and Well-Being in Mentor/Mentee Relationships.”  Emphasizing that resiliency is real and that healing happens, she outlined a number of the struggles that young people faced pre-COVID. She also proposed that even without the research to confirm what the impact will be, the incidence of mental health difficulties is likely to increase post-COVID. As always, our work, as youth practitioners in a variety of... Read more
2021 April 19
Posted by Amelia
As a part of our ongoing series highlighting strong mentor-mentee relationships, last month we celebrated Women’s History Month with the privilege of speaking with Strong Women Strong Girls’ Program Manager, Minh Nguyen. Minh shared with us some wonderful quotes and anecdotes from the mentors and mentees of her program. While SWSG uses a group model rather than the one on one model employed by most organizations, the relationships the program fosters are just as meaningful as any other. From the Mentees: "Every [SWSG] session we have makes me feel like a different person every session...it... Read more
2021 April 16
Posted by Amelia
“Positive, authentic relationships with peers and adults allow children to build empathy and resilience. Relationships reduce student anxiety, creating the conditions for children to learn. When children feel“ known and cared for, they are free to be their authentic selves at school.” Rennie Center:Education and Resource Center, Back-to-School Blueprint    We at Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) are incredibly grateful for the work you and your team of caring adults do day in and day out to support the young people in your care. We have deep respect and admiration for all that your school... Read more
2021 April 5
Posted by Amelia
To continue our celebration of Women’s History Month, today we’ll be hearing from one of our most experienced and accomplished AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring on how mentoring has impacted her, how she views mentoring, and how we can best support her and all women in the field of Mentoring. Specifically, I’m honored to be joined by Ruth Koha James, who is currently serving at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts!   1. How do you feel mentoring as an institution affects young women, and how do you think the field could improve in this area? Mentoring as an institution affects... Read more
2021 March 25
Posted by Amelia
Dear Members of the Mass Mentoring Partnership Community,   Once again, we are flooded with scenes of violence, racism, and misogyny. While last week’s shooting was horrific, it is only the latest example of violence against the Asian, Asian-American, Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. We mourn with you and stand with you. Mass Mentoring Partnership is committed to fighting racism and will continue to engage with youth-serving organizations/programs and the larger community to create a discourse that results in action.   Relationships are at the center of our work, and social justice is at... Read more
2021 March 25
Posted by Amelia
In honor of Women’s History Month, today we’ll be hearing from one of our esteemed AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring on how mentoring has impacted her, how she views mentoring, and how we can best support her and all women in the field of Mentoring. Specifically, I’m honored to be joined by Windry Figueroa, who is serving at the Chica Project.   1. How do you feel mentoring as an institution affects young women, and how do you think the field could improve in this area? Personally I believe that mentoring young women is extremely important because they are faced with a lot of society's... Read more

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