Lauren Baker, First Lady of Massachusetts, to Be Honored At Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Cheers to Mentoring Event, High School Student To Receive $20,000 Scholarship

For more information: Amelia Aubourg, 617-695-2478,

BOSTON – Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization dedicated to expanding and strengthening youth-adult relationships, will honor First Lady of Massachusetts, Lauren Baker, with their Founders’ Award at the Cheers to Mentoring event on November 12th at the Liberty Hotel in Boston.

Baker is being recognized for her commitment to helping children, particularly those engaged with the Wonderfund through the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. The Founders’ Award was established in 2017 and is named for MMP’s co-founders, the Rev. J. Donald Monan and Paul O’Brien.

The Cheers to Mentoring event will also feature the presentation of the annual ALKU Scholarship. The $20,000 award, payable over four years, is given to rising high school seniors who plan on pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution and demonstrate community involvement, work and leadership experience, and financial need. The candidate must also be involved in an empowering relationship with an adult.

“We are excited to honor Lauren Baker and to present the ALKU Scholarship again this year,” said Lily Mendez, Mass Mentoring Partnership’s President and CEO.  “Cheers to Mentoring is a great event to support our work and to recognize the individuals who are part of this incredible mentoring movement.”

Last year’s honoree was Andrea Cabral, who received the nod for her dedication to issues involving youth, including her service as a member of Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Governing Board. She is the CEO of Ascend and former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation. Prior to that, she was twice elected Sheriff of Suffolk County and the first female sheriff in Massachusetts’s history. For more sponsorship and event information, please call 617-695-2440 or visit us at

About Mass Mentoring Partnership

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) 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 capacity-building organization that partners with corporate, public and philanthropic entities to drive critical resources to a network of more than 250 mentoring and youth-serving organizations, representing more than 50,000 young people from Boston to Pittsfield. To learn more about MMP, visit