Celebrating 25 Years of Empowering Youth-Adult Relationships

Mass Mentoring Partnership started twenty five years ago with Father Monan's idea to bring more caring adults into the lives of young people who needed their support to help them reach their full potential. Twenty five years later, we're still doing that work. It's still who we are. It's still what we believe in. 


On February 28th, we held our 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration to honor individuals and organizations that have supported Mass Mentoring Partnership over the past quarter century. 



Honoring our Supporters 


The gala celebration was an opportunity for us to honor individuals that, through their contributions, have helped carry MMP's mission to where it is today. We've called them our Four Pillars of Mass Mentoring Partnership to symbolize the foundational place they hold in our history: 


Our two co-founders, Paul O'Brien and Father Monan, for their vision to support more young people through mentoring. Regina Pisa, for serving as a long-term board member and board chair and who continues to champion MMP today. And the Kelly family, Ted, Debbie, and Sonja, for their inspiring generational support and leadership. 


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Marty Martinez, CEO & President, and Pillars of MMP award recipients: Paul O’Brien, the Kelly Family, Father Monan, Regina Pisa



We also wanted to recognize Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for his partnership with MMP on the Mayor's Mentoring Movement and for his commitment to support Boston's youth in helping them thrive. In honor of MMP co-founders, Paul O'Brien and Father Monan, we proudly presented Mayor Walsh with our first Founders' Award. 



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Mentor and mentee, Bermina Cherry and Maryanne Basler, present Mayor Marty Walsh with MMP’s first Founders’ Award



Where We're Going


We looked back at our history and honored those that have helped put MMP where we are today. We believe in the power of relationships, and our mission remains. We've expanded our scope and partnerships to continue to bring these relationships into even more young lives. To level the playing field and unlock doors for young people who are shut out. To connect students with adults in schools who care about them. To prepare young people for lives of success and opportunity. To build capacity for youth-serving organizations to expand their impact. To strengthen our communities one young person at a time. That's what these empowering youth-adult relationships can do. And that's who Mass Mentoring Partnership was, is and will continue to be.


We concluded the event by showing a video that highlights where we are headed as an organization:


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We thank our generous sponsors, including Bank of America, for making this celebration possible. We could not have done it without their support.


To help MMP create more empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts, please visit here.