January is Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month, a time to recognize the transformational power of mentoring in the lives of young people. It’s a time to celebrate our accomplishments and affirm our commitment to the work still ahead of us. Here at Mass Mentoring Partnership, we certainly have a lot to celebrate.

Over the past year, we’ve worked with our more than 200 member organizations to expand and improve the opportunities available for young people, including:

  • 280+ hours of free technical assistance
  • AmeriCorps members were placed at 16 sites across Massachusetts, impacting 3,000 youth and recruiting and matching more than 130 mentors
  • MMP provided recruitment support to 27 different programs on three different recruitment campaigns with almost $15,000 in seed grant money awarded. More than 1,800 new mentors were recruited through events, campaigns, and the MMP website.
  • MMP was able to increase the funding of the Mentoring Matching Grants line item from $250,000 to $350,000 and also distributed a record-high $348,000 to programs this year. We also received more than $265,000 of donated match activities.
  • MMP engaged a variety of media, businesses, government and community leaders to position mentoring as a powerful youth development strategy
  • MMP was able to engage more programs and provide specific opportunities to mentoring programs serving the Western MA region

This month, we’re even more hopeful about the opportunities for 2013. Here are some of the key things we’ll be working on:

  • Strengthening program training, technical assistance and coaching efforts through more advanced content and innovative methods of delivery
  • Expanding the scope of Mentors of Color Campaign to focus on larger challenges of diversity and other geographies
  • increase financial resources to the field by 5%
  • Deepen efforts to raise the profile of mentoring as key youth development strategy targeting the specific issues of violence prevention, workforce readiness and academic preparedness
  • Create a public policy agenda for the mentoring field
  • Disseminate findings from Mass Mentoring Counts 2012

In recognition of the importance of mentoring and our approach to program building, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has provided a $75,000 grant to build capacity for our statewide operations. The bank and its employees have been longtime partners through financial and volunteer support. From Boston to the Berkshires, the funds will help us provide training, technical assistance, and recruitment assistance to programs that will help serve more children in need of quality mentoring relationships. It’s these types of partnerships that have a real and lasting impact.

Not involved in mentoring? January is the perfect time to start making a difference in the life of a young person. Learn more about the events planned for National Mentoring Month or find a program near you.