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2020 June 16
Posted by Amelia
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Kalya Murray, Executive Director of Bethel Institute for Community Development, which runs In Your Corner mentoring program (IYC). Founded in 1992 by Bethel AME Church, Bethel Institute for Community Development, (formerly Generation Excel) began as an afterschool youth development program for high risk youth in the Greater Boston area. Its mission is “to provide educational and social services to high-risk youth and families in Greater Boston in ways that measurably transform their lives and the communities in which they live.”    The mission of... Read more
2020 June 4
Posted by Amelia
Dear MMP Family,  This has been a very difficult time for so many. I stand with you and share your concerns, your weariness and your anger. There have been too many young black men and women who have died because of violence enabled by structural racism. Like many of you, I have asked myself as a leader, what can I do to break this cycle?  We know it will take resources, courageous conversation and restorative justice to break systemic barriers and create real inclusion and opportunity for our young people. MMP's commitment is to continue strengthening our advocacy work, and I ask that you... Read more
2020 May 26
Posted by Amelia
Our mentoring and youth-serving programs have had to adapt their delivery of services, expanding into new roles such as tutors, mental health advocates, and friends. Some have even distributed meals and other necessities to youth and their families in our hardest-hit communities. We are encouraging programs to share stories of how COVID-19 has affected their organizations with members of the legislature while they grapple with tough financial decisions around the state budget. Most importantly, we want to lift up the experiences of mentees during this time. Sharing these narratives with... Read more
2020 May 22
Posted by Amelia
Boston, Mass., May 22, 2020 -Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is one of 130 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through Cummings Foundation's $20 Million Grant Program. The statewide organization was chosen from a total of 738 applicants during a competitive review process.  Mass Mentoring Partnership is committed to ensuring that every young person in the state has access to quality mentoring relationships, regardless of who they are or where they live. MMP is a statewide organization that partners with corporate, public, and philanthropic entities to drive... Read more
2020 May 22
Posted by Amelia
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Edward Banks, the program coordinator at Mill City Mentors. Ed began working at MCM in 2019 after obtaining his master’s in curriculum and instruction from Fitchburg State University. His expertise has helped enable the program to expand online and widen their impact. MMP supports Mill City Mentors through funding and their AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring Kyle Cregg. They serve about 40 families a year and focus on at-risk youth between 7-22 years old. Recently, they have shifted to focus on site-based school programs to enable their mentors to... Read more
2020 May 8
Posted by Amelia
Join MMP as we host a conversation with Dr. Renee Spencer on Wednesday, May 20 at 2 pm virtually. Come put what we know from research into practice under these difficult and unusual times: Dr. Spencer will discuss: Focusing on the Basics - the 3 R's of Mentoring Roles of adults during crisis - possibilities for mentors View of the mentoring field - how to stay focused while anchoring our work in best practice Dr. Spencer will present her thoughts through conversation and our platform will be opened up for questions and dialog with the audience. She has been a Boston University School of... Read more
2020 May 5
Posted by Amelia
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Donkor Minors, the coordinator of targeted programs in the 10 boys initiative. The program was started in 2007 by Dr. Ingrid Carney as a way to keep young men of color in school and out of jails and graveyards. After finding a solid base within the Boston Public Schools system and managing to keep boys enrolled, they began to focus on academic success. Dr. Blake retired in 2014, and Donkor took over as coordinator. He focuses on providing holistic opportunities for growth, including the expansion of their planned trips. Some of these trips have... Read more
2020 May 5
Posted by Amelia
On One Boston Day, Starbucks and Mass Mentoring Partnership stood in solidarity with the City of Boston to strengthen their community through acts of service. Together we created a unique opportunity for employees in the Boston area to join the mentoring movement.  Both Joshua Schanck and Rory Dugan from Starbucks opened the call with grounding the audience in a question; what if we were one relationship away from what is possible? During the virtual event, close to 100 Starbucks employees from across Boston and National headquarters came together to learn about the power of relationships... Read more
2020 April 3
Posted by Amelia
During this unprecedented crisis caused by COVID-19, daily life has radically shifted for just about every American, and the non-profit space is no exception. Our Mass Mentoring Partnership office has gone completely remote, and nearly every AmeriCorps I know has begun working from home. This has sharply impacted the scope of many people’s work, particularly those working in schools.  The economic impact has already begun to show, with over 3 million people filing for unemployment and the stock market tanking dramatically as we officially enter a bear market. Although everyone is undoubtedly... Read more
2020 April 1
Posted by Amelia
In this unprecedented and uncertain time, the Massachusetts Legislature is prioritizing efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our state and its citizens. House Ways and Means Chair Aaron Michlewitz shared that it is highly unlikely the MA House will release their budget in April.    To continue to support the Mentoring Matching Grants line item, we are encouraging the field to connect with legislators virtually so that we can ensure mentoring relationships can endure despite this public health crisis. We are also collecting match support stories and testimony that MMP can... Read more

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