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2021 March 25
Posted by Amelia
Dear Members of the Mass Mentoring Partnership Community,   Once again, we are flooded with scenes of violence, racism, and misogyny. While last week’s shooting was horrific, it is only the latest example of violence against the Asian, Asian-American, Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. We mourn with you and stand with you. Mass Mentoring Partnership is committed to fighting racism and will continue to engage with youth-serving organizations/programs and the larger community to create a discourse that results in action.   Relationships are at the center of our work, and social justice is at... Read more
2021 March 25
Posted by Amelia
In honor of Women’s History Month, today we’ll be hearing from one of our esteemed AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring on how mentoring has impacted her, how she views mentoring, and how we can best support her and all women in the field of Mentoring. Specifically, I’m honored to be joined by Windry Figueroa, who is serving at the Chica Project.   1. How do you feel mentoring as an institution affects young women, and how do you think the field could improve in this area? Personally I believe that mentoring young women is extremely important because they are faced with a lot of society's... Read more
2021 March 19
Posted by Amelia
(WORCESTER)  Quinsigamond Community College Mentoring program has earned Mass Mentoring Partnership’s highest level of certification: Partner Level Quality-Based Membership (QBM).  Quality-Based Membership is a first-in-the-nation process created to promote high-quality best practices among Massachusetts youth mentoring programs. Now being replicated nationally, membership components are based on The Elements of Effective Practice, the national standard for mentoring programs.  QBM is a process that assesses a program’s strengths and offers guidance on areas where they may need additional... Read more
2021 March 2
Posted by Amelia
As we begin Women's History Month, we take time to celebrate the work of our mentoring programs and youth serving organizations, who support young women across the Commonwealth. Through our social media channels and stories, we will highlight programs who are doing the powerful work of transforming lives through mentoring relationships. Follow Mass Mentoring Partnership on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook at @massmentoring and continue to watch the space. 
2021 March 2
Posted by Amelia
For this month’s Mentor-Mentee Relationship Highlight, Teyana Curran of Silver Lining Mentoring was kind enough to speak with me about a remarkable pair from her program: Deavonie and Keith. Listen to what they had to say about each other, and about how mentoring has affected their lives.     Mentee Deavonie’s words: The Experience of being partnered with a mentor through SLM has been a great one. My mentor that I have been partnered with is Keith, me and him have built our friendship through our time at SLM and doing activities around our local areas. Having a mentor can be both beneficial... Read more
2021 February 15
Posted by Amelia
Boston, Mass. - During Black History Month, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) and the City of Boston are partnering to expand the number of mentors for the youth in Boston. During these unprecedented times, the need for caring, supportive, adult mentors has never been greater. Mass Mentoring Partnership will be holding virtual information sessions where city employees will meet representatives from mentoring and youth-serving organizations and hear from BIPOC mentoring champions and leaders from various city departments, who will share their reflections on the power of mentoring relationships... Read more
2021 February 8
Posted by Amelia
We are continuing to lift up mentoring stories from our partners in the Mayor's Mentoring Movement. Here is one from Barbara Civill at Hyde Square Task Force.  At Hyde Square Task Force, each 12th grade mentoring pair has a success story in one way or another, but one pair stands out:   Cristina and Nayelys aka​ Jelly. As a mentor, Cristina was matched up with mentee Jelly in early October and it took them a bit to get to know each other, with many of Jelly’s responses being yes or no answers. During that process, Cristina realized that Jelly had not begun any part of the college application... Read more
2021 February 1
Posted by Amelia
During the Black History Month, Mass Mentoring Partnership and the City of Boston are partnering to expand the number of mentors for the youth of Boston. During these unprecedented times, the need for caring, supportive adult mentors has never been greater.  Please join us at one of the following information sessions to learn more about the initiative and meet representatives from youth serving organizations and mentoring programs. Hear BIPOC mentoring champions and leaders from various city departments share their reflections on mentoring. You will have the opportunity to sign up during... Read more
2021 January 22
Posted by Amelia
Lisa Matrundola was recently honored at the January 8th Boston Celtics game with the Heroes Among Us Award. The Heroes Among Us Award is presented to an individual or individuals who, through their unique commitment and humanitarian spirit, have made exceptional and lasting contributions to our community. She was honored as a part of our celebration of mentoring during January as it is National Mentoring Month. Matrundola is a mentor with Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) in their Mentor Match Program. PYD empowers youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing... Read more
2021 January 22
Posted by Amelia
Image via Pexels       Leadership skills prepare youth to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood. By cultivating leadership in youth, organizations can empower young people to achieve their own goals and to motivate their peers through leading by example.   However, Mass Mentoring Partnership knows youth leadership doesn’t just happen. Organizations that want to cultivate leadership skills in adolescents must be intentional about the ways they incorporate leadership skill-building into their programming. These ideas will help organizations engage youth of... Read more

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