BOSTON – Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo served as a guest speaker at the Annual Youth Mentoring Day hosted by Mass Mentoring Partnership at the State House on January 23rd.
The event celebrated mentoring and the impact that strengthening youth-adult relationships can have on young people and communities. Over 300 mentoring program staff, advocates and young people took part in the event at the State House’s Great Hall. The morning program featured a panel discussion on the power of collective action and remarks from leaders at Mass Mentoring Partnership along with Reps. Aaron Vega, Senator Brendan Crighton and Bank of America President Micael Chamberlain.
After the morning program, close to 90 afternoon meetings convened between mentoring program staff and local legislators to advocate on behalf of legislation connected to education, better outcomes for youth, support services for youth in the criminal justice system and the Mentoring Matching Grants line item. This line item provides funding to mentoring programs across Massachusetts, allowing them to increase capacity and create even stronger youth-adult relationships.
“The House is proud of its ongoing support for the children and youth of the Commonwealth, and we’re happy to celebrate the 14th year of Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Youth Mentoring Day at the State House, “said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “The House has taken bold legislative action on education, children’s wellness and criminal justice reform legislation to support programs like the partnership that help our young people lead healthy and productive lives.”
“We were honored to have Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, First Lady of Massachusetts Lauren Baker, Senator Crighton, Rep. Vega and Bank of America President Micael Chamberlain join us at our Youth Mentoring Day event. Their longstanding commitment to mentoring as well as their recognition of the role that strengthening youth-adult relationships can have in our communities around the Commonwealth helps us to amplify the impact of this work,” said Lily Mendez, Mass Mentoring Partnership’s President and CEO.
About Mass Mentoring Partnership
Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is committed to ensuring that every young person in the state has access to quality mentoring relationships, regardless of who they are or where they live. MMP is a statewide organization that partners with corporate, public and philanthropic entities to drive critical resources to a network of more than 370 mentoring and youth-serving organizations, representing more than 50,000 young people from Boston to Pittsfield. To learn more about MMP, visit www.massmentors.org