Mass Mentoring Counts

Panelists at the Mass Mentoring Counts event discuss the 2016 survey findings.

In 2006, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) launched Mass Mentoring Counts, a biennial survey of the youth mentoring field, to reveal the landscape, trends, and needs of youth mentoring while measuring progress and promoting greater strategic investment of human and financial capital. Supported by the Bank of America, Mass Mentoring Counts data helps fuel the mentoring movement across the Commonwealth, from providing timely data to raise public awareness and strengthen the case of support from legislators, funders and policy-makers to enabling programs to benchmark their practices in making their case for support to funders.


This year for the first time, MMP teamed up with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership on the Mass Mentoring Counts survey. This partnership with MENTOR allowed us to conduct the survey more efficiently and, more importantly, gives us and our program partners access to national data for benchmarking purposes along with state data.

We also worked with the UMass Donahue Institute to create case studies of four different youth-serving organizations across Massachusetts to go more in-depth on how relationships are being created and sustained across program models to support young people. 

2016 Data

Previous Mass Mentoring Counts


2012 and earlier

National research

Research on youth mentoring is abundant and points to the impact that it has on strengthening academic performance and self-esteem, preventing risky behaviors and other benchmarks.