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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
2021 January 20
Posted by Amelia
This is the 13th year of MMP’s AmeriCorps program, and 23 AmeriCorps members were placed at 21 youth-serving organizations throughout the state beginning in August. Each AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring (AAOM)  dedicates one year of service to building the capacity of mentoring programs by implementing the research-based best practices found in the Elements of Effective Practices. The EEP provides six standards for creating and sustaining quality youth mentoring programs which lead to impactful mentoring relationships.     AAOM service activities and objectives are focused around four of... Read more
2021 January 14
Posted by Amelia
To celebrate all abilities, MMP reached out to Partners For Youth with Disabilities to examine how they approach their exceptional work. Kristin Humphrey, PYD’s Mentoring Director,  spoke with us about PYD, the challenges they face, and how other mentoring organizations can follow their lead in ensuring the accessibility of mentoring. 1. What are some of the unique challenges PYD faces compared to more traditional mentoring organizations, and how do you go about solving them? Partners for Youth with Disabilities serve youth ages six to twenty-four with a broad range of disabilities,... Read more
2021 January 4
Posted by Amelia
January is National Mentoring Month! We are so proud of our mentoring community that comes together to help young people thrive. This month, we hope to celebrate and amplify the mentoring field across the Commonwealth. Here are the activities we are lifting through the course of National Mentoring Month: January 6th - Swearing In Ceremony - We want to take a moment to thank Rep. Aaron Vega for being a champion of mentoring through the MMG line item through the years. We pay homage to his leadership and unwavering dedication to young people in the Commonwealth. January 7th - On this day, we... Read more
2020 November 19
Posted by Amelia
Soon after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state, our Programs Team surveyed the mentoring and youth-serving network to identify their most urgent needs. Based on their feedback, we offered a Forum on Mentoring Relationships this fall that focused on the critical issues of Trauma, Healing & Equity. We brought in the highly acclaimed researcher Dr. Wizdom Powell as our keynote speaker, featured an intergenerational discussion with youth and elders, and offered eight workshops led by experts and experienced practitioners that covered a wide spectrum of related topics.    Dr. Powell began her... Read more
2020 November 19
Posted by Amelia
Earlier this month, the 2020-2021 Class of AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring (AAOM) joined AmeriCorps members from across  the state to “Celebrate Service” at their Virtual Opening Day Ceremony.  This is the 13th year that MMP has partnered with AmeriCorps and Mass Service Alliance on the program. For nearly 11 months, 23 AAOMs will serve mentoring and youth-serving programs in both large cities and small communities from Boston to Pittsfield.    As Lisl Hacker, Director of Training and Technical Assistance at Mass Service Alliance, said: “One of the things that made the event so special... Read more
2020 November 19
Posted by Amelia
November is National Thank Your Mentor Month and the perfect time to highlight the amazing mentoring relationship shared by recent KELLY Award Winner Dashawn Borden and his mentor Malaquias Baptista-Gomes.  Dashawn received his award and accompanying $20,000 Scholarship (payable over four years) at the recent Cheers for Champions virtual event.    Malaquias was an intern at Roxbury Youthworks, Inc. when he met Dashawn, a middle schooler at the time.  Malaquias recalled that Dashawn told him in their second meeting that he was adopting him as his “lifelong mentor.”  Little did either one of... Read more
2020 November 19
Posted by Amelia
The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) at Mass Mentoring Partnership brings together youth voices from across the state of Massachusetts and equips students with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities to advocate for mentoring resources and policy initiatives affecting their schools and communities. Though COVID-19 has forced our hand in a lot of ways, we are continuing our work with the Youth Leadership Council at MMP in a virtual setting. Meeting virtually has enabled us to expand our council and bring diverse voices to the table. We are looking forward to working with tomorrow’s leaders to... Read more

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