In 1992, Mass Mentoring Partnership (then known as Greater Boston One to One) was formed to support young people by connecting them with caring adults. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, we are as committed to that original mission as we were when we were founded. We believe that every young person has the right to relationships with caring adults to help them thrive and reach their full potential.
Today, we continue to mobilize a powerful network to create and sustain more empowering youth-adult relationships to support more youth than ever before. We call our approach Relationships in Action and it helps to make us an effective partner to individuals, businesses, youth-serving organizations and communities invested in young people.
Assess: We study and document the ways in which caring adults can improve the lives of young people in Massachusetts. We partner with businesses, mentoring programs, youth-serving organizations and the community at large to assess the needs of young people and our collective ability to meet those needs.
Build: We provide training, technical assistance and knowledge sharing to build the capacity of youth-serving programs in our network. We also direct state and private resources to individuals and organizations that are helping to address unmet needs in the community. One example is our Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring program, which places AmeriCorps members at youth-serving organizations across the state, allowing them to expand their impact and serve more young people.
Connect: We connect non-profit organizations, schools, state agencies and businesses together to create opportunities to help bring more empowering youth-adult relationships where they are needed most. Together, we are creating a powerful network to bring more adults into the lives of young people.
Advocate: We mobilize our ever-growing network of youth-serving organizations, businesses and stakeholders to make the case for the necessity of developmental relationships for young people and our communities. We advocate at the state and local level to engage public officials on the need for additional resources to make these relationships happen. Through public awareness activities, we elevate the understanding of the role that youth-adult relationships can play in the lives of young people.
Check out our latest video to learn more about the work MMP is doing to help bring caring adults into the lives of young people so they can reach their full potential.