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Mass Mentoring Partnership serves more than 200 mentoring programs that address the needs of at-risk youth. While we work throughout Massachusetts, our capacity-building work tends to focus on urban areas where youth have the most unmet needs.

Our capacity-building services include:

  • Support with meeting quality standards through our Quality-Based Membership program
  • Assistance with obtaining important resources (financial, human, etc.)
  • Advocacy for government funding
  • Public awareness campaigns about youth mentoring
  • Overall program support through our Ambassadors of Mentoring program

Our work with programs across Massachusetts allows them to create and support thousands of powerful mentoring relationships between youth and caring adults each year.

More specifically, services provided to mentoring programs focus on:

Training and Technical Assistance

  • We provide the consultation and training necessary to ensure that programs run according to professional standards as described in the Elements of Effective Practice.
  • We train mentors and mentees, facilitate mentoring program kick-off events and provide ongoing support and consultation.
  • In 2012, MMP program services staff provided training, technical assistance and networking opportunities to 165 program staff and an additional 280+ hours of free technical assistance through our TAP program.
  • We have created supplemental training guides for programs to incorporate into their current mentor training curriculum. Topics of these training guides include Cultural Competency, Youth Culture, and Dealing with Difficult Situations.

Mentor Recruitment

  • We manage an online mentor referral system, using the only statewide directory of mentoring programs, that is visited by hundreds of prospective volunteers. In 2012, the referral system connected 188 potential mentors with Massachusetts programs. Note: you must enroll and periodically update your mentoring program's profile to ensure potential mentors can connect with you.
  • MMP has partnered with United Way of Massachusetts Bay to be its lead partner in the youth mentoring component of the “Where Business Meets Community” initiative that encourages businesses to develop ways for employees to become mentors.
  • We develop and manage statewide recruitment campaigns such as National Mentoring Month, Back-to-School, the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge and Mentors of Color as a way to identify prospective mentors and connect them with programs.
  • MMP also works closely with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to engage its employees in mentoring and encourage them to take advantage of the Mentoring Leave Policy.

Networking & Professional Development

  • MMP holds bi-annual networking meetings in four regions of the state to provide a platform for mentoring program directors to discuss organizational challenges and solutions.
  • We also distribute regular e-bulletins to mentoring programs that highlight topics in mentoring, showcase existing programs and their initiatives, offer resources and tips for both volunteers and program staff and keep programs updated on upcoming trainings and workshops.

Resource Development & Recognition

  • MMP mobilizes mentoring program partners in advocacy campaigns that seek to increase the Commonwealth of Massachusetts budget line item that provides funding to mentoring programs.
  • We also work within the private sector to identify and develop funding streams for mentoring programs, such as the Liberty Mutual Mentoring Initiative.
  • MMP also hosts the annual Champions of Mentoring event that recognizes organizations and individuals that have gone to exceptional lengths to support mentoring.
  • We also create partnerships with other organizations. MMP has a long-standing relationship with the Boston Red Sox that encompasses sponsorship of the annual Champions of Mentoring breakfast, Mentoring Night at Fenway Park, and the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge recruitment campaign.

Mentor-Mentee Match Activities

  • MMP supports mentoring programs by soliciting and distributing tickets and passes to venues and activities like the IMAX Theater; Children’s Museum; New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics games; Museum of Fine Arts programs; and various college events.
  • Of special note, MMP organizes the annual Mentoring Night at Fenway Park at which 1,000 mentors and mentees from across the state attend a Red Sox game together.
  • In all, MMP made possible more than $280,000 of subsidized mentor match activities for Massachusetts programs in 2012.
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