For almost a decade, Mass Mentoring Partnership has organized Youth Mentoring Day at the State House to celebrate the mentoring field and honor supporters from across the Commonwealth. On Thursday, January 22, youth mentoring organization staff, mentors, mentees, advocates and legislators are once again convening at the State House to speak about the Power of Relationships between young people and caring adults.
When MMP and the Massachusetts Service Alliance initially conceived of this event, they wanted to show how mentoring can benefit Massachusetts youth, celebrate successful mentoring relationships, and recognize mentors, program staff, and legislators -- all of whom have significantly affected the mentoring field.
Youth Mentoring Day is also an opportunity to engage with legislators and advocate on behalf of mentoring and empowering youth-adult relationships. MMP and its network of mentoring programs and mentoring champions in the state legislature have worked to increase the Mentoring Matching Grants line item in the state budget to its current level of $400,000. This year, we are advocating to increase that amount to $500,000 so that mentoring programs throughout the state can recruit and train more mentors. Youth mentoring has shown to improve academic achievement, reduce school dropout rates, prevent youth violence, and more. We hope to engage with legislators throughout the day on these issues as we advocate for youth mentoring.
During the day, we will also highlight the work of four of our partner mentoring programs: Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, Boston Partners in Education, and Family Services of Merrimack Valley. We look forward to hearing the stories from mentors and mentees from these programs about the Power of Relationships. It's National Mentoring Month and we’re excited for another great Youth Mentoring Day!