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Bank of America Awards $75,000 Economic Mobility Grant to Mass Mentoring Partnership
Chelsea Aquino, MMP Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy (bottom left) with 2018 Bank of America Student Leaders and Host Organization Representatives
BOSTON - Bank of America awarded Mass Mentoring Partnership a grant of $75,000 to expand economic opportunities for youth, youth mentoring programs, and communities across Massachusetts. Surpassing a decade of support, Bank of America is one of Mass Mentoring Partnership’s largest and most important funders. With offices in Boston and in Holyoke, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) works across the state fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts.
“We are grateful to Bank of America and their continued support of the mentoring field here in Massachusetts and nationwide,” said Beth Fraster, MMP’s interim President & CEO. “Their generosity gives us the opportunity to raise awareness on the importance and impact of youth-adult relationships and to build capacity of youth-serving programs and organizations across the state.”
With the support of this grant, MMP will carry out their biennial census survey of the mentoring field in Massachusetts, Mass Mentoring Counts, and continue to build visibility through their partnership with the Boston My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, part of the national initiative that addresses persistent opportunity gaps faced by young men of color. In addition to receiving this grant, MMP will be hosting a fellow through Bank of America’s national Student Leaders Program this summer.
“This is MMP's third time to host a Bank of America Student Leader,” says MMP’s Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy, Chelsea Aquino. “It’s an excellent opportunity to have driven young people take part in our advocacy work and bring a unique perspective and lens to our public policy priorities and goals. That perspective is invaluable to our mission.”
Bank of America’s support in Massachusetts and nationally has made a tremendous impact and helped advance the mentoring movement to where it is today. MMP’s Student Leader, Lybille Rocher, will begin her fellowship in early June. Lybille is a recent graduate from Brighton High School and will support MMP’s advocacy and community engagement work over the course of 8 weeks.
About Mass Mentoring Partnership: Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. With offices in Boston and in Holyoke, MMP works with mentoring programs and youth development organizations across the state to assess programmatic needs and organizational capacity to provide customized strategies that strengthen youth, families, and communities.