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2020 April 3
Posted by Amelia
During this unprecedented crisis caused by COVID-19, daily life has radically shifted for just about every American, and the non-profit space is no exception. Our Mass Mentoring Partnership office has gone completely remote, and nearly every AmeriCorps I know has begun working from home. This has sharply impacted the scope of many people’s work, particularly those working in schools.  The economic impact has already begun to show, with over 3 million people filing for unemployment and the stock market tanking dramatically as we officially enter a bear market. Although everyone is undoubtedly... Read more
2020 April 1
Posted by Amelia
In this unprecedented and uncertain time, the Massachusetts Legislature is prioritizing efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our state and its citizens. House Ways and Means Chair Aaron Michlewitz shared that it is highly unlikely the MA House will release their budget in April.    To continue to support the Mentoring Matching Grants line item, we are encouraging the field to connect with legislators virtually so that we can ensure mentoring relationships can endure despite this public health crisis. We are also collecting match support stories and testimony that MMP can... Read more
2020 March 12
Posted by Amelia
In my role here at Mass Mentoring Partnership, I often meet new people dedicated to mentoring and youth empowerment. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Patricia McGuiness, the Program Director at Strong Women, Strong Girls. Strong Women, Strong Girls is an organization dedicated to women lifting up women. Now in their 16th year as a registered nonprofit, a few women have now had the opportunity to experience each part of the multi-generational program, starting in middle school with their own mentors and continuing in college before transitioning to the professional world. These... Read more
2020 March 4
Posted by Amelia
This year, Mass Mentoring Partnership has been blessed with two fantastic runners in the Boston Marathon. I had the opportunity to talk with one of our runners, Maria Rose. Maria is a Senior Program Manager at ALKU, one of MMP’s most active supporters, which has generously agreed to contribute $5,000 towards the runner’s goal of $15,000. She first began at ALKU as an intern and has been with the firm for 5 and a half years now after graduating from George Mason University. In speaking with her, she praised the culture and supportive environment where she found mentors of her own, managers who... Read more
2020 February 25
Posted by Amelia
Ayanna Pressley, the U.S. Congresswoman representing much of Boston and several surrounding communities, has long championed the rights of women and girls. Prior to her successful run in 2016, Ayanna was a Boston City Councilor At-Large, the first African-American woman to hold the position when she was first elected in 2009. Immediately after her swearing in, she created and chaired the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities, which addressed issues affecting women and girls in Boston which helped victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and ushered in comprehensive sex... Read more
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

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