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2013 March 22
Posted by Michael
For the third year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 15. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP! Runner:  Alex BrownMost recent marathon:  Rose Bowl MarathonFavorite song to listen to while running: Something about the drums in most of Animal Collective’s music works great to pick up pace when I’ve been dogging it. Two songs that have made it through the constant and strenuous playlist vetting process are on the extreme ends of the spectrum. The first is Toots and the Maytals doing “... Read more
2013 March 21
Posted by Michael
For the third year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 15. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP! Runner:  Steve PowlessLongest run to date: 50 miles in the Ranier to Ruston ultramarathon last yearFavorite song to listen to while running:I love to listen to a Motown Medley in last few miles.  Always fires me up no matter how tired I am.Favorite post-run snack: Bacon, Egg and Cheese biscuit and chocolate milk What inspired you to run the 2013 Boston Marathon for MMP? Boston is like the... Read more
2013 March 20
Posted by Michael
Guest blogger Alex Lenski is a Highland Street Corps Ambassador of Mentoring at Child Care of the Berkshires Child Care of the Berkshires exists as a formative anchor within the community of Northern Berkshire County, its programs bound together by the core mission to strengthen and support families. Berkshire Youth Mentoring (BYM), the newest in a series of additional resources to the organization, has only its predecessor - 42 years as a Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate - as a qualitative history of mentoring. I’ve been honored, since August, to accept the challenge of revitalizing the... Read more
2013 March 20
Posted by Michael
For the third year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 15. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP! Runner:  Patricia HazeltonLongest run to date: Last January, I completed the Disney Goofy Challenge. I ran a half marathon and the next day ran a full marathon for a total of 39.3 miles! It was magical!Favorite song to listen to while running:  Anything by PINKFavorite post-run snack: Bananas What inspired you to run the 2013 Boston Marathon for MMP? Completing the marathon for a charity... Read more
2013 March 8
Posted by Michael
For the third year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 15. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP! Runner:  George LobatonLongest run to date:  2009 Chicago MarathonFavorite song to listen to while running: I’m a music lover! I listen to all kinds but when it comes down to it, house/techno music just gets the blood flowing and the legs cranking up to another level.Favorite post-run snack: Banana and a tall glass of chocolate milk! What inspired you to run the 2013 Boston Marathon for MMP... Read more
2013 March 7
Posted by Michael
For the third year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 15. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP! Runner:  Scott WicksLongest run to date:  18 milesFavorite song to listen to while running: I listen to thrash metal, punk rock and death metal.Favorite post-run snack: Ice cream What inspired you to run the 2013 Boston Marathon for MMP? I really want to run a marathon. I conquered obesity three years ago and want to promote healthy living for all Americans. Running helps me stay in shape... Read more
2013 March 5
Posted by Michael
For the third year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 15. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP! Runner: Kelly WhalenLongest run to date:  I have run the entire Boston Marathon route on my own, but in this training season my longest run has been 18 miles.Favorite song to listen to while running:  I listen to Pandora, and listen to a variety of music.  My music taste changes day-to-day depending on my mood.  However, I have to say that Eminem has been especially motivating to me during... Read more
2013 March 4
Posted by Michael
This match highlight was submitted by  Old Colony Y Big Sister Big Brother. Katie and Vicky have been matched since Nov. 2011, and they have referred to their relationship as a “perfect match.”  According to Vicky, she and Big Sister Katie are “basically the same person,” except that Katie “ doesn't have a mean bone in her body.” Despite adding more to her plate, including working full-time and going back to graduate school this past fall, Katie continues to be a consistent presence in Vicky’s life since their one-year anniversary as a match has passed.  Katie has not let her additional... Read more
2013 February 22
Posted by Michael
As part of our 20 Challenges in 2012 initiative, we launched the Mayors for Mentoring campaign to engage mayors from around Massachusetts in raising awareness of the need for more mentors in their city; recognizing local mentoring programs and their participants; and encouraging  ways for individuals and communities to get involved in mentoring in their city. Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse is one of our Mayors for Mentoring, and he helped celebrate National Mentoring Month in Holyoke in January. On January 28, he and more than 50 supporters of mentoring joined Mass Mentoring Partnership and MMP... Read more
2013 February 21
Posted by Michael
Guest blogger Dennis Quinn is the director of mentoring programs at Reader-to-Reader in Amherst, MA “Give me a lever and a place to stand,” the Greek polymath Archimedes said, “and I will move the world.” Together, Reader to Reader, an Amherst-based nonprofit, and Springfield’s Central High School have paired a proven lever – mentoring – with a relatively new place to stand – a discussion forum on the internet. [caption id="attachment_1083" align="alignright" width="300"] Dennis Quinn, left, with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse[/caption] Here, 9th and 10th grade students connect with mentors from... Read more

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