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2021 January 20
Posted by Amelia
This is the 13th year of MMP’s AmeriCorps program, and 23 AmeriCorps members were placed at 21 youth-serving organizations throughout the state beginning in August. Each AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring (AAOM)  dedicates one year of service to building the capacity of mentoring programs by implementing the research-based best practices found in the Elements of Effective Practices. The EEP provides six standards for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs which lead to impactful mentoring relationships.     AAOM service activities and objectives are focused around four of... Read more
2021 January 14
Posted by Amelia
To celebrate all abilities, MMP reached out to Partners For Youth with Disabilities to examine how they approach their exceptional work. Kristin Humphrey, PYD’s Mentoring Director,  spoke with us about PYD, the challenges they face, and how other mentoring organizations can follow their lead in ensuring the accessibility of mentoring. 1. What are some of the unique challenges PYD faces compared to more traditional mentoring organizations, and how do you go about solving them? Partners for Youth with Disabilities serve youth ages six to twenty-four with a broad range of disabilities,... Read more
2021 January 4
Posted by Amelia
January is National Mentoring Month! We are so proud of our mentoring community that comes together to help young people thrive. This month, we hope to celebrate and amplify the mentoring field across the Commonwealth. Here are the activities we are lifting through the course of National Mentoring Month: January 6th - Swearing In Ceremony - We want to take a moment to thank Rep. Aaron Vega for being a champion of mentoring through the MMG line item through the years. We pay homage to his leadership and unwavering dedication to young people in the Commonwealth. January 7th - On this day, we... Read more
2020 November 19
Posted by Amelia
Soon after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state, our Programs Team surveyed the mentoring and youth-serving network to identify their most urgent needs. Based on their feedback, we offered a Forum on Mentoring Relationships this fall that focused on the critical issues of Trauma, Healing & Equity. We brought in the highly acclaimed researcher Dr. Wizdom Powell as our keynote speaker, featured an intergenerational discussion with youth and elders, and offered eight workshops led by experts and experienced practitioners that covered a wide spectrum of related topics.    Dr. Powell began her... Read more
2020 November 19
Posted by Amelia
Earlier this month, the 2020-2021 Class of AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring (AAOM) joined AmeriCorps members from across  the state to “Celebrate Service” at their Virtual Opening Day Ceremony.  This is the 13th year that MMP has partnered with AmeriCorps and Mass Service Alliance on the program. For nearly 11 months, 23 AAOMs will serve mentoring and youth-serving programs in both large cities and small communities from Boston to Pittsfield.    As Lisl Hacker, Director of Training and Technical Assistance at Mass Service Alliance, said: “One of the things that made the event so special... Read more
2020 November 19
Posted by Amelia
November is National Thank Your Mentor Month and the perfect time to highlight the amazing mentoring relationship shared by recent KELLY Award Winner Dashawn Borden and his mentor Malaquias Baptista-Gomes.  Dashawn received his award and accompanying $20,000 Scholarship (payable over four years) at the recent Cheers for Champions virtual event.    Malaquias was an intern at Roxbury Youthworks, Inc. when he met Dashawn, a middle schooler at the time.  Malaquias recalled that Dashawn told him in their second meeting that he was adopting him as his “lifelong mentor.”  Little did either one of... Read more
2020 November 19
Posted by Amelia
The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) at Mass Mentoring Partnership brings together youth voices from across the state of Massachusetts and equips students with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities to advocate for mentoring resources and policy initiatives affecting their schools and communities. Though COVID-19 has forced our hand in a lot of ways, we are continuing our work with the Youth Leadership Council at MMP in a virtual setting. Meeting virtually has enabled us to expand our council and bring diverse voices to the table. We are looking forward to working with tomorrow’s leaders to... Read more
2020 October 30
Posted by Amelia
To provide another perspective on the importance of STEM education in mentoring, Karen Chacón, the executive director of Latino STEM Alliance, graciously gave MMP an interview about the topic. LSA is an amazing organization, so definitely check it out! 1. How has your organization pivoted and evolved during the pandemic to safely respond to the needs of your mentees? Since its very start, Latino STEM Alliance has operated remotely with all programs taking place in schools or community organizations. As LSA is already remote, it wasn’t difficult to pivot programs remotely, we already had most... Read more
2020 October 30
Posted by Amelia
From humble beginnings here in Massachusetts, the Clubhouse Network has grown to become a globe-spanning NGO that serves over 25,000 youth per year, mentoring them in the invaluable STEM and IT skills that will let them thrive in the 21st century. Jennifer Bourgoin, the Clubhouse Network’s Mentor Program Manager, kindly spoke with MMP regarding the importance of STEM mentoring, and how they are continuing their mission amidst COVID-19.   1. How has your organization pivoted and evolved during the Pandemic to safely respond to the needs of your mentees?  Although the coronavirus pandemic... Read more
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

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