Who Would You Be Without Your Mentor?
We can all look back at the adults that made a difference in our lives. They listened, guided, and supported us. They made us feel seen and valued. Too many young people in Massachusetts today lack those adults in their lives that can make a difference and help them reach their full potential.
Mass Mentoring Partnership believes that these empowering youth-adult relationships strengthen our communities. Donate today and help us continue our work across Massachusetts to ensure that all young people have access to supportive adults. Thank you for your support!
Expanding Access to Empowering Youth-Adult Relationships Through Giving
Relationships Matter...this simple but enduring fact is at the core of everything that we do at Mass Mentoring Partnership. Now-- more than ever-- we need partners to support and invest in mentoring as a critical resource for young people. We know that caring, supportive, and enduring relationships between adults and young people lead to better educational, social, and emotional outcomes:
- Students who connect regularly with their mentors are 52% more academically engaged.
- Mentoring relationships lead to decreased risky behaviors and more positive life and health choices among young people.
- Young adults who face an opportunity gap but who have a mentor are 55% more likely to enroll in college.
In the most recent past, mentoring relationships have often taken place in person, in schools, community centers, or workplace settings. Due to the pandemic, this critical network of support for young people is now disrupted: their routines are shattered, their economic security is further compromised, and the technology divide makes it difficult to stay connected to school, friends and mentoring support.
MMP is a resource to more than over 300 mentoring and youth-serving programs who serve over 50,000 young people across MA, most of whom live in low-income and minority communities. In response to the pandemic, we have responded to the unprecedented needs of the youth-serving field by:
- Increasing our trainings on “Trauma-Informed Practice” and “Exploring Identity, Privilege, and Power through the Lens of Relationships“
- Mobilizing programs to advocate for COVID-19 legislation that addresses disparate inequities in underserved communities
- Supporting mentor/mentee relationships by creating opportunities for virtual activities
- Helping programs develop creative ways to keep their mentor/mentee matches engaged
Without your support, our work is impossible. Donate to MMP to support the power of mentoring relationships!
Relationships in Action
We partner with businesses, mentoring programs, youth-serving organizations and the community at large to assess the needs of young people and our collective ability to meet those needs.
We provide training, technical assistance and knowledge sharing to build the capacity of youth-serving programs in our network.
We connect non-profit organizations, schools, state agencies and businesses together to create opportunities to help bring more empowering youth-adult relationships where they are needed most.
We advocate at the state and local level to engage public officials on the need for additional resources to make the case for the necessity of developmental relationships for young people and our communities.
How YOU Can Help MMP Expand Access to Youth-Adult Relationships:
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