Mass Mentoring Partnership Announces $750,000 in Mentoring Grants
Funding Marks More Than 50% Increase Over FY19; Largest Grant in Over 10 Years
BOSTON – Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization dedicated to expanding empowering youth-adult relationships in Massachusetts, is investing nearly $750,000 to support quality mentoring through Mentoring Matching Grants and support services to 37 mentoring programs across the Commonwealth.
The funding stems from the Massachusetts FY19 budget through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Since 2009, MMP has awarded more than $4 million in Mentoring Matching Grants to youth serving organizations throughout Massachusetts. This year’s grants will create and support more than 2,000 high-quality matches. Awarded funding is intended to create or support existing mentoring matches and help to increase positive attitudes toward school. The Mentoring Matching Grants is unique in its use of private-sector support, as grantees are required to match, dollar-for-dollar, the total amount awarded with cash or in-kind resources.
“This funding increase is a tremendous win for our youth-serving programs partners,” said Lily Mendez, President & CEO of Mass Mentoring Partnership. “It will allow programs to create and sustain vital relationships between adults and young people to help them thrive and reach their full potential.”
Serving as the only state funding dedicated to mentoring, the Mentoring Matching Grants line item (7061-9634) is a competitive grant program designed to create and support mentoring programs and young people across the Commonwealth. Over the last 17 years, this investment has supported over 12,000 mentor matches and achieved many positive outcomes for youth, such as improved attitude towards school and classroom behavior, increases in self confidence, self efficacy and positive attitudes about the future.
“We want to thank our champions at the State House, especially Senator Brendan Crighton and Representative Aaron Vega,” Mendez said. “In addition, the leadership of House Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sanchez and former Senate Ways and Means Chair and newly elected Senate President Karen Spilka have placed young people at the top of the Commonwealth’s agenda, showing a true commitment to ensuring every child has opportunities to succeed.”
In addition to building the capacity of mentoring programs across the state, the funding increase will also enable MMP to expand innovative dropout prevention pilot programs in schools with high rates of chronic absenteeism utilizing developmental, mentoring relationships. The Success Mentors program has already been implemented with MMP partners in several communities and has shown early success in engaging young people in school. The increased investment by the state will allow for pilots in two of MMP’s targeted communities.
Funded programs are awarded through a competitive RFP process and community review administered by MMP. These programs also receive training, technical support, and mentor recruitment assistance from MMP. Download our catalog to meet the programs receiving funding for FY2019: wnload this catalog