The Importance of Community Engagement

One in three young people will grow up without a mentor. Community engagement is a key component in supporting the mentoring movement. It is crucial that public officials at all levels become more involved in community initiatives that layer mentoring into their programming. We recently hired Miguel Torres, who has joined the Mass Mentoring Partnership staff as the Manager of Community Engagement for the focus areas of Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury and Lawrence.  
Miguel will be supporting My Brother's Keeper Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foundation working to expand the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships to boys and young men of color around the city.  These relationships allow young people to develop critical consciousness and the connections that help them to navigate their world with authenticity.  
Miguel has extensive experience as a youth worker coming into this role and has a great amount to share when building the capacity of individuals, systems and creating a strong and mobile movement to look at systemic change as well. Working to promote this type of Critical Mentoring has been a priority for Mass Mentoring Partnership.  To learn more about this work, check out the work of our colleague Tori Weiston Serden.