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2021 October 15
Posted by Amelia
Mass Mentoring Partnership held its annual Cheers for Champions event, its annual fundraiser and celebration of the power of mentoring. This year, we held the event virtually. The virtual event was featured our event emcee, NESN anchor and sportscaster Tom Caron and featured presentations of the ALKU Scholarship, the James G. Connolly Tribute Fund and the KELLY Award. The virtual event also featured a fireside chat with President and CEO Lily Mendez and remarks from our Mass Mentoring Partnership Board Chair Jacqueline Conrad.    Mass Mentoring Partnership President and CEO Lily Mendez spoke... Read more
2021 October 15
Posted by Amelia
Starbucks Manager Lorena Nunez is working with other local store managers to build and support mentoring opportunities for BIPOC youth! She’s currently partnering with Mass Mentoring Partnership to develop a mentoring program for new Starbucks hires as they transition into the workplace & explore career paths. Hear her story and others at here: #LatinxHeritageMonth #MentoringAmplifies 
2021 October 12
Posted by Amelia
A hallmark of Mass Mentoring Partnership’s AmeriCorps program is our partnership with Boston University, whereby our AmeriCorps members participate in a certificate program of youth development. Some of the brightest minds in the youth development space work at BU, and their expertise is an invaluable resource to the professional and personal development of AmeriCorps members serving with Mass Mentoring Partnership. Recently, Rosie McMahan, MMP’s AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring Program Manager had the chance to speak to Professor Detris Adelabu, Chair of the Psychology and Human... Read more
2021 September 23
Posted by Amelia
Coaching for Change is an innovative program that recruits college students to serve as mentors, role models, and friends to middle school students in the Taunton, Fall River, and Attleboro area. The results have been nothing short of  amazing; students involved in the program have shown significant improvements in school attendance, academic performance, and social behavior. Many of the relationships that have formed between the college students and their mentees have extended well beyond their time spent in school and according to Mauquis Taylor, Founder and CEO of C4C, that is largely... Read more
2021 August 23
Posted by Amelia
When, at three years old, I was first diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a form of muscular dystrophy, no one in my family knew how to react. While I finally had an explanation for the limp in my step and the milestones that I never met, I was left with more questions than answers: could I ever go to school or live a “normal” life? Now, fifteen years later, I can confidently say that while my life isn’t exactly “normal,” it has been beyond my wildest dreams.   I have always grown up seeing my disability as just a part of my identity, no different from being Asian or being overly... Read more
2021 July 13
Posted by Amelia
Nicole Richer started her company, The Compliance Mentor Group (TCMG), in 2012 in order to increase racial and gender diversity in the construction industry. She was first inspired to go into this work while still in high school after noticing the lack of female and minority mentors in the sciences and especially in construction and the building trade. Today, Richer heads a Certified Minority/Woman-Owned Business Enterprise that boasts of one of the most progressive workforce development mentoring programs in the industry.     TCMG is an Affiliate Member of MMP’s mentoring network and has had... Read more
2021 June 16
Posted by Amelia
With summer soon to be in full swing and vaccinations continuing to roll out, MMP is looking into all sorts of activities that mentors and mentees can do together in person. We recently spoke to Jacque Rivera, Director of Operations at Springfield's South End Community Center talk about summer programming at the Center.    1.      For those not familiar with your organization, could you tell them about it and how it supports youth?   The South End Community Center supports youth with a“ wrap around model”. It is our mission to offer services that directly support and positively influence... Read more
2021 May 24
Posted by Amelia
For this month’s Mentor-Mentee Relationship Highlight, Teyana Maria Grande of Sociedad Latina was kind enough to speak with me about an exceptional mentor from her program: Heather Alcala.    Heather Alcala is at nearby Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. She works one-on-one with 12 students, helping them take the steps towards finishing high school and moving on to their postsecondary goals.   “What I like about volunteering is that now there are 12 kids that don’t have to do life by themselves,” described Heather. “When I was growing up, I would have loved to have someone to... Read more
2021 May 12
Posted by Amelia
Mass Mentoring Partnership is excited to be in partnership with Good Sports to celebrate Physical Fitness and Mental Health Awareness Month.  Ensuring that young people and adults are in a consistent relationship, able to enjoy physical activity, and have the ability to do it together is a great way to keep young people healthy and connected. Good Sports is a nonprofit organization that gives kids the lifelong benefits of sports and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel, and footwear to those most in need. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided nearly $70 million in sports equipment... Read more
2021 May 12
Posted by Amelia
Having worked with young people from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings for over 30 years, MMP Program Manager Rosie McMahan led a training on April 28th titled “Youth Mental Health and Well-Being in Mentor/Mentee Relationships.”  Emphasizing that resiliency is real and that healing happens, she outlined a number of the struggles that young people faced pre-COVID. She also proposed that even without the research to confirm what the impact will be, the incidence of mental health difficulties is likely to increase post-COVID. As always, our work, as youth practitioners in a variety of... Read more

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