It's election season!

By Elena Sokolow-Kaufman, manager of government relations and field resources, Mass Mentoring Partnership

[caption id="attachment_1266" align="alignright" width="300"]130116_mass_mentoring_0466 Elena with Rep. Dave Rogers (middle) and MMP President & CEO Marty Martinez at Youth Mentoring Day at the State House 2013[/caption]

A few weeks ago, I attended a Boston mayoral candidates forum on education hosted by Edvestors, Teach Plus, MassINC, and Mass 2020. During the forum, nine of the 12 candidates (whittled  down from a field of 24 mayoral hopefuls - yes 24!) discussed a wide range of issues from closing the achievement gap, to retaining quality teachers and lifting the cap on charter schools. If you are now kicking yourself for missing it, not to worry—you can watch the forum in its entirety here.

Because this race is the first time in 20 years that there is an open election to be the next Boston mayor, it is attracting a lot of media attention, and as a result presents a unique opportunity for all sorts of  organizations, including mentoring programs, to get the word out about issues central to their work. By attending forums and submitting questions that focus on the challenges facing youth, you can bring this important conversation to the attention not only of the candidates (one of who will become the next mayor), but the general public following this race, as well.

BostInno has a really useful summary of all the candidates here. So take a read, and come to the next forum to learn about the candidates and share your perspective as well.