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2020 September 25
Posted by Amelia
For almost 30 years, Generations Incorporated has mentored children ages 4-9 in important literacy skills and worked to reduce learning opportunity gaps in Massachusetts. But with the new school year marked by the continued presence of the Covid-19 pandemic, different programs and strategies are necessary to meet the needs of today’s youth. Wes Enicks, the Executive Director of Generations Incorporated, spoke with me about how the organization is evolving to suit the needs of the moment.   For the 2020-21 school year, Generations Incorporated will deliver its programs virtually via Zoom... Read more
2020 September 23
Posted by Amelia
Railroad Street Youth Project is one of the most dynamic and inventive mentoring organizations in Massachusetts, and their 20 year legacy is one of developing creative solutions to institutional problems. To talk about how RYSP is overcoming the current challenges posed by COVID-19, RYSP’s Mentoring Coordinator Mica Reel was kind enough to speak with me on the subject.   1. How has RYSP innovated to meet the needs of youth during the Covid pandemic? Through relationships with staff members, mentors, and the organization has with young people, RSYP has been able to follow youth leadership to... Read more
2020 September 23
Posted by Amelia
Boston, Mass. - The Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) Board of Directors elected Jacqueline Conrad, Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Public Relations at Cambridge College, Chair of the Board during the September meeting. Conrad has served on the board for seven years and takes the helm from George Neble, formerly a managing partner at EY. “I am deeply honored to be the first person of color to chair the board in its 28 year history. I believe deeply in the mission and vision of Mass Mentoring Partnership as it strengthens the network of youth-serving organizations across the... Read more
2020 August 27
Posted by Amelia
Amplifying youth voice can come in many forms: city or town youth councils, youth leadership summits, and youth service opportunities. Creating meaningful youth engagement can strengthen an organization’s mission by ensuring that their changes are impactful, widespread, and sustainable. A quintessential example of an organization that effectively utilizes youth voice and seeks to uplift young people is Rotary International.    Rotary International is an international service organization that strives to “provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill,... Read more
2020 July 24
Posted by Amelia
Public housing has been an issue in Cambridge for a couple of decades. A suburb on the outskirts of Boston, the cost of renting or owning a home has gotten tremendously high. Many people can’t afford to live in the city anymore, and one of the measures to increase socioeconomic diversity is public housing. Individuals and families who otherwise would not be able to live in Cambridge are allowed to live in homes and pay rent based on their income. Affordable housing is one of the main measures the city takes to help alleviate poverty. But, there are lots of opponents.    Many don’t want public... Read more
2020 July 24
Posted by Amelia
Young people have opinions—a lot of them. They also have great aspirations, goals, and visions for the future. Throughout history, young people have often been overlooked, yet they have stood at the forefront of creating effective social change. Even today, youth activism is on the rise as young people around the world are uniting and mobilizing to push forth movements for various important causes: climate justice, racial and gender equality, economic change, among many others.    Authentic youth voice matters because the perspectives of young people matter. Young people have the... Read more
2020 July 20
Posted by Amelia
Boston, MA - Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) added Tracey West to its Board of Directors in June. Tracey West is the national director of diversity and inclusion for WilmerHale, where she leads the firm in advancing its efforts and broad initiatives of diversity, equity and inclusion. Prior to joining WilmerHale, Tracey worked at Boston College Law School where she created, implemented and managed diversity initiatives as well as programs improving inclusivity. In 2015, the National Association for Law Placement named her Diversity Champion for creating the nationally recognized LAHANAS... Read more
2020 July 6
Posted by Amelia
Joanna Lazarek is the Associate Director of Internships and Alumni Career Engagement at Suffolk University, and she has long been concerned about college students--particularly low-income students who may be the first in their family to attend college-- who struggle in school and then after graduation.    Four years ago, when she started the Ram Alumni Mentoring Program (RAMP), she realized how rewarding it was to connect students with mentors. Last summer, she spent a lot of time researching mentoring programs and connecting with professionals in college and career mentoring and realized... Read more
2020 July 6
Posted by Amelia
Greenfield Community College is located in the Pioneer Valley and leads the state in retention and graduation rates among community colleges. One of the more innovative ways they accomplish this feat is by matching students with older adults living in the area.  They have recently launched Older Adults Seeking, Inspiring and Serving (OASIS), a volunteer program that engages local seniors who feel a strong connection to the GCC community.  One important part of OASIS is the mentoring program, which recruits and trains older adults to be mentors for students, particularly students at risk of... Read more
2020 July 6
Posted by Amelia
During a recent call about the Mentoring Match Grantee line item, Representative Aaron Vega stressed coronavirus’ impact on marginalized populations: “we really need to think of those vulnerable people, those people who don’t have support.”   Mentoring programs can be pivotal in the development and mental wellbeing of young people, but food and shelter are equally as important. I have already spoken with several of my colleagues in the Boston public school system who have seen their roles completely morph over the last couple months. Ensuring the wellbeing and development of young people is... Read more

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