With funding and support from AmeriCorps, the Mentoring Advocates Program is located at Mass Mentoring Partnership. This program strengthens an organization’s ability to directly impact the quality of youth mentoring relationships. MMP measures the effectiveness of this effort in the short term by ensuring that 18 or more host sites will report that AmeriCorps Mentoring Advocates increase their efficiency, effectiveness, and/or program reach premised in the Elements of Effective Practice. Advocates’ impact on capacity building will be demonstrated by host sites sustaining best practice programming resulting in stronger, longer, more engaging and better functioning mentoring relationships. Ultimately, the long-range outcome is that every young person, especially those coming from disenfranchised communities in MA, has access to quality mentoring relationships, regardless of who they are or where they live.
AmeriCorps places thousands of volunteers into intensive service positions across the country. Through these positions, members learn valuable work skills, receive benefits, and develop an appreciation for citizenship while contributing to their community.
With generous funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, MMP is proud to implement this important program. With a focus on the organizational systems that directly impact the quality of youth mentoring relationships, the AmeriCorps Mentoring Advocates Program infuses human capital resources into selected start-up or existing mentoring programs to support and/or develop organizational capacity to implement effective programming and to drive improved outcomes. Mentoring Advocate grants will be competitively awarded to mentoring programs or youth development organizations across the state. Each awarded organization, also referred to as a “host site,” will be responsible for providing matching funds. Each AmeriCorps Advocate of Mentoring will complete 1,700 hours of service on a defined project over the course of eleven months (August 2022 through June 2023). You can apply to be a host site here.
What Do Mentoring Advocates Do?
There are two major elements of an AmeriCorps position – AmeriCorps activities and host site project scope.
AmeriCorps Activities: Quality training is an important element of providing effective service. Each AmeriCorps Mentoring Advocate will receive extensive training, participate in statewide capacity building activities, and develop a connection to the National Service AmeriCorps movement. These requirements are completed through monthly AmeriCorps meetings held in the Greater Boston area. AmeriCorps Advocates will participate in a multi- day program orientation and a mid-year social justice retreat. Additionally, each AmeriCorps Advocate will engage in graduate level coursework; community service; statewide networking; professional development; training on evidence based mentoring practices; and statewide capacity building projects. These AmeriCorps activities and meetings are mandatory and will be facilitated and supervised by the MMP AmeriCorps Program Manager and the Senior Manager of Program Services.
Host Site Project Scope: Each AmeriCorps Mentoring Advocate will complete a Project Scope developed by and implemented at host sites. These Project Scopes must support the development and improvement of organizational systems and/or implementation practices that increase host site capacity to develop stronger mentoring relationships and increase the number of matches statewide.
Project Scope Focus Areas: A Project Scope can also be designed to target any of other ‘Program Focus Areas’ listed below. (See page 5 for more information on each ‘Program Focus Area’):
Program development and/or program start-up
Mentor/mentee/ parent/caregiver training
Mentor recruitment and marketing
Quality Based Membership Application/Renewal
In order to provide partners with the greatest impact to their organization, at least 70% of the AmeriCorps Advocate’s project scope time MUST BE aligned to the above capacity building focus areas. The remaining time (up to 30%) may be allocated to meeting organizational needs including, but not limited to:
Program management or facilitation
One pager: Want to download this information? Know of another youth program/organization who would benefit from adding an AmeriCorps Mentoring Advocate to their team. Download this flyer.
See here, Tony Wells, a previous partner host site at Steps to Success in Brookline describe the impact of the program on their work.
Rosie McMahan, the Program Manager, along with Mass Mentoring Partnership and community members, will review your application. Check out the video here to learn more about the Advocates Program and the application process.
For more information regarding the RFP, eligibility and requirements, and the program in general, please email Rosie McMahan. MMP is committed in policy, principle, and practice to maintaining an environment which prohibits discriminatory behavior and provides equal opportunity for all persons. MMP affirms its commitment to provide a welcoming and respectful work and educational environment, in which all individuals within the organization benefit from each other's experiences and foster mutual respect and appreciation of divergent views. MMP will be tolerant of conduct which violates rights guaranteed by the law and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mentor or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law. Furthermore, MMP includes prohibitions of harassment of employees, i.e. racial harassment, sexual harassment, and rehabilitation for filing complaints of discrimination. All acceptances are contingent upon CNCS funding appropriation and a successful background check.
HOW TO APPLY AS A HOST SITE
All host sites must apply through MMP's Quickbase application. Rosie McMahan will host "drop in" information sessions.
You will be contacted by Mass Mentoring Partnership once you have been selected. Mass Mentoring Partnership will place an AmeriCorps Mentoring Advocate at your respective host site. Rosie will send along a formal offer with details that you will need to officially begin your program year.