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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
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

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