Recapping the 2012-13 Ambassador service year

The Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring had an incredible service year. The 2012-13 Corps:

  • Generated more than 2,140 inquiries from prospective mentors
  • Recruited, screened, and matched more than 230 caring adult mentors
  • Served more than 40,300 hours to expand high-quality youth mentoring
  • Served  at Cradles to Crayons in November during Opening Day, and again in partnership with AmeriCorps Cape Cod for the MLK Day of Service in January.
  • Collaborated to plan and implement Youth Mentoring Day at the State House in January, and (tried!) to conduct a group retreat at the Essex Retreat Center right before a major blizzard in February.
  • MMP Ambassadors planned and implemented a professional development round-robin event in May, at which nine non-profit leaders attended to prepare AOMs to be competitive young professionals.
  • Collaborated at Wheelock College to develop the concept for the Spring field-wide project, Table Talks: Diversifying Recruitment Practices. These events took place in June in Boston and Worcester, and more than 60 attendees participated. They shared ideas and struggles in regards to building the capacity to diversify mentor recruitment practices online, maximizing low capacity, and increasing diversity. As a result of the information sharing session, an online toolkit will be released soon!

[caption id="attachment_1271" align="alignright" width="300"]IMG_2554 The 2012-13 Corps at their closing ceremony in June[/caption]

We also engaged more alumni this past year than before, with more than 10 alums dedicating 60 hours to the program through panel discussions, group facilitation, and the community review for the 2013-14 host site applicants.

And to round out this year, and enhance the professional development opportunities we provide, we developed a new partnership with Jewish Vocational Service (JVS).

Looking forward to the 2013-14 service year
There's 22 host sites, and we're excited that six of them are first-time hosts: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and Islands, BUILD Boston, Cambridge Community Services, Reader to Reader and UMass Boston. Three agencies - Roxbury Community College, Science Club for Girls, and Old Colony YMCA - will be hosting second-year members. We're also really pleased that we have an increased presence in Western MA, and that all host-site projects include elements of diversity initiatives. The host sites are:

o African Community Education Program
o Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County
o Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County
o Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and Islands
o Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
o Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
o BUILD Boston
o Cambridge Community Services
o Cambridge Family and Children’s Service
o The DREAM Program
o Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
o East End House
o Old Colony Y, Big Sister Big Brother
o Partners for Youth with Disabilities
o Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.
o Roxbury Community College
o Science Club for Girls
o Springfield School Volunteers, Project Coach
o Reader to Reader
o Taunton Area School to Careers
o UMass Boston