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2020 July 6
Posted by Amelia
Greenfield Community College is located in the Pioneer Valley and leads the state in retention and graduation rates among community colleges. One of the more innovative ways they accomplish this feat is by matching students with older adults living in the area.  They have recently launched Older Adults Seeking, Inspiring and Serving (OASIS), a volunteer program that engages local seniors who feel a strong connection to the GCC community.  One important part of OASIS is the mentoring program, which recruits and trains older adults to be mentors for students, particularly students at risk of... Read more
2020 July 6
Posted by Amelia
During a recent call about the Mentoring Match Grantee line item, Representative Aaron Vega stressed coronavirus’ impact on marginalized populations: “we really need to think of those vulnerable people, those people who don’t have support.”   Mentoring programs can be pivotal in the development and mental wellbeing of young people, but food and shelter are equally as important. I have already spoken with several of my colleagues in the Boston public school system who have seen their roles completely morph over the last couple months. Ensuring the wellbeing and development of young people is... Read more
2020 July 6
Posted by Amelia
One day while scrolling LinkedIn, I happened upon a post by my alma mater, Boston College, featuring a new mentoring program, MentorOn. This program was founded by Professor Belle Liang and her students in partnership with local highschool students. This program has taken amazing advantage of e-mentoring to address the needs of youth during the pandemic, which has enabled some amazing relationships. The college students are mostly volunteers from Boston College, and the majority of the high schoolers come from Lexington High School. However, the middle schoolers taking part in the program... Read more
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

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