2016 ANNUAL REPORT: Our Year In Stories

A Message From MMP Leadership

Thank you for checking out our 2016 Annual Report. Last year, Mass Mentoring Partnership fully implemented our new strategic vision and expanded mission to support even more young people across Massachusetts. Our focus on “Relationships in Action” and the powerful effect they are having on young people and our communities fueled our work throughout the year.

We expanded our impact through exciting new partnerships in our four targeted communities while continuing to bring services, expertise, and advocacy to our large network of mentoring programs and youth-serving organizations statewide.

This year, we decided to present our annual report a bit differently than in years past. We hope you enjoy the stories from individuals and organizations that we were fortunate to work with in 2016.

On behalf of all of us at MMP, we thank you for your support and for making this work and these accomplishments possible. It means the world to us to have such a powerful network behind us that shares our commitment to bringing caring adults into the lives of young people to help them reach their full potential.

Sincerely,

Marty Martinez
President & CEO
George Neble
Governing Board Chair

Student Leader Strengthening Advocacy Work

Branajha Rembert, Boston Latin Academy, Class of 2017

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ESTIMATED COST OF ONE HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT TO THE STATE:

$467,231

Caring Adult Relationships Encourage Young People To Stay in School

Supporting Young People Through Workforce Development

Richard Curtis, Vice President, Workforce Development State Street

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YOUNG AMERICANS AGES 20–24 WILL LOSE AN ESTIMATED

$21.4 BILLION

IN EARNINGS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS DUE TO UNDEREMPLOYMENT

Relationships help young people succeed

Creating Empowering Relationships Through Sports

Ed Caisse, Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

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I always knew that I wanted my coaches to do more than just coach sports once a week. I wanted them to come with their hearts and support the young people who were coming in to play.

— Ed Caisse, Hampden County
Sheriff’s Department,
Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative

Improving Relationships Through Quality Based Practices

Kit Jenkins, Executive Director, Raw Art Works

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We were able to work with MMP staff to ensure that we have policies and practices in place to make our relationships with the young people we serve as strong and resilient as they can be.

— Kit Jenkins, Executive Director,
Raw Art Works

Building Capacity to Serve More Youth

Regina Snowden, Founder & Executive Director, Partners for Youth with Disabilities

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MENTORING MATCHING GRANTS PROGRAM

$500,000

distributed by Mass Mentoring Partnership to 32 mentoring programs in FY2016 to help build capacity and create more than

1,500

mentoring matches

Helping Staff Be More Culturally Responsive

Emily Haber, CEO, Massachusetts Service Alliance

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We relied on MMP’s expertise to help our programs understand the role that cultural responsiveness and cultural competency play in their work.

— Emily Haber, CEO,
Massachusetts Service Alliance