Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) works with mentoring programs across the Commonwealth to determine programmatic needs and organizational capacity, identify resources for start-up and ongoing operations, and provide customized strategies on how to implement and sustain a quality program that benefits youth, mentors, families, and the community.
Our work across the Commonwealth is bolstered by the support of federal, state, and local government officials. Massachusetts mentoring agencies strengthen communities and improve the lives of vulnerable youth by providing the kind of wrap-around support youth need to stay in school and succeed. From improving academic and workforce preparedness to reducing juvenile delinquency, quality mentoring is a key strategy in helping our state thrive. There are a number of ways that government officials can get involved.
- Raise awareness: By simply talking about mentoring and educating your staff, colleagues and constituents on its many benefits to your community, you can help us raise the profile of mentoring. We can work with you to provide data on how mentoring strengthens your community and utilize a channel that suits your schedule and needs, whether you’d like to work through traditional or social media, or your own communication channels; visit a mentoring program in your district; or host or attend a mentor recruitment event.
- Support current mentoring budget and policy items: There are a number of issues that can impact the scope and quality of our field’s work – most notably the Mentoring Matching Grants line item (7061-9634), the only state funding dedicated specifically for mentoring programs. Your support of these initiatives allows our network of 370+ mentoring programs to continue to provide quality mentoring services to the 50,000+ youth who need them.
- Partner with MMP on a mentoring initiative: MMP will work with you to create a mentoring initiative, such as a public awareness campaign or new programming in your district, that combines the messaging and goals of both parties in order to reach a broader audience and make a bigger impact.
- Encourage staff to become mentors: There are ample virtual and in person opportunities to create lasting relationships between mentors and the youth who need them. MMP can train your staff to be mentors, and we do so by outlining the steps to becoming a mentor, explaining what mentoring is, and matching staff to mentoring programs in our network that will provide them with a quality experience.
- Facilitate new relationships: Do you like to bring people together? Introducing us and programs in your community to peers in your circle enables us to spread the word about the value of quality mentoring in our communities.
For more information or to get involved, please contact Chelsea Aquino, Senior Manager of Government Affairs and Public Policy at firstname.lastname@example.org.