About Us

Staff from Partner Programs brainstorm during the 2012 Partner Program Summit
Boston Business Journal Corporate Citizenship Summit 2013

Based in Boston, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand quality mentoring for youth to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 200 mentoring programs statewide supporting 30,000 youth in mentoring relationships. We assess programmatic needs and organizational capacity, as well as provide customized strategies that empower youth, families and communities.

Our program network includes schools, religious organizations, community non-profits, and workplaces serving youth 5 to 18-years-old. These institutions utilize a variety of program structures including one-to-one mentoring, group mentoring and e-mentoring.

History and Accomplishments

Mass Mentoring Partnership was founded in 1992 by the then-president of Boston College, J. Donald Monan, S.J., and the CEO of New England Telephone, Paul O'Brien, as Greater Boston One-to-One, the first local extension of the national organization One-to-One. Since then, MMP has had a rich history of catalytic involvement in the start-up and sustainability of high-quality mentoring programs.

Our highlights from 2012 through 2013 include:

  • Achieving membership of 55 partner programs through our first-in-the-nation Quality-Based Membership initiative - a quality assurance process for mentoring programs that is now a national model for other state mentoring partnerships
  • Increasing by 79 percent the number of youth served in MMP-assisted programs from 2006 to 2013
  • Raising state funding for mentoring from $250,000 to $350,000 thanks to advocacy from programs and the support of numerous legislative champions
  • Providing targeted recruitment support to 40 different mentoring programs, referring more than 2,150 new mentors to programs statewide
  • Boston Business Journal Corporate Citizenship Summit

Awards

  • 2014 winner, Excellence in Communications award, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
  • 2013 co-winner, Boston Business Journal Corporate Citizenship Summit Partner of the Year, for partnership with Bank of America
  • 2013 Charity Navigator 4-Star charity rating, the highest rating, illustrating sound fiscal management
  • 2013 GuideStar Exchange Silver Participant, one of the highest levels of membership, demonstrating a commitment to transparency
  • 2012 featured initiative for the Boston Business Journal Leaders in Diversity Event
  • 2010 finalist for Mass Nonprofit Network’s Annual Excellence in Advocacy Award
  • 2009 MENTOR Manza Excellence in Leadership Award in recognition of the highest-performing state mentoring partnership in the country
  • Selected in each consecutive year since 2007 by the Celtics as the sole community partner for the Season Ticket Exchange, providing more than $850,000 in tickets to mentoring matches statewide
  • Recipient of Eastern Bank’s inaugural “Community Quarterbacks” for outstanding leadership and commitment to the community
  • Winner of the New England Publicity Club’s top Bell Ringer Award for the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge

 

 

 

Our Mission

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 250 programs statewide supporting over 30,000 youth in quality relationships. We work with mentoring programs and youth development organizations to assess programmatic needs and organizational capacity to provide customized strategies that strengthen youth, families, and communities.

Our Strategic Partners

Meet Our Team

Executive
Marty Martinez
Title: President & CEO
Phone: 617.695.2448
Email: mmartinez@massmentors.org
Department: Executive
Marty has been with Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) since 2007 and has been the CEO since 2012. A youth development and organizational quality expert, Marty has lead MMP in shaping organizational strategies; developing strong partnerships with funders, elected officials, and other key stakeholders; and in creating an action plan to continue the growth and success of MMP and the field of mentoring. Marty has extensive experience working on behalf of youth, families and communities in the greater Boston area. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in urban and social policy from Tufts University.
External Affairs
Erin McNulty
Title: Development Associate
Phone: 617.695.2479
Email: emcnulty@massmentors.org
Department: External Affairs
Erin joined MMP in July 2013. In her role as the development associate, she manages MMP's major fundraising events and provides development and stewardship support. Erin graduated from Boston University in 2011, and has previously worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA and knowledge management consultant for YouthBuild USA. She is also a professional contemporary dancer, and teaches dance to youth in the Boston area.
Vanessa Plant
Title: Director of Development and Partnerships
Phone: 617.695.2432
Email: vplant@massmentors.org
Department: External Affairs
Vanessa has been with MMP since March 2013. As director of development and partnerships, she is tasked with developing and implementing strategic plans to establish new partnerships and raise funds for MMP. She has been working in development since 2007, primarily in the non-profit biotech space. Previously, Vanessa worked with youth at a residential treatment program, as well as with students traveling overseas.
Sarah Shugrue
Title: Manager of Western MA Partnerships
Phone: 413.262.1227
Email: sshugrue (at) massmentors (dot) org
Department: External Affairs
Sarah has been with MMP since mid-2012. In her role, her main focus is building relationships and mobilizing resources that meet the needs of mentoring programs and increase the quantity and quality of youth mentoring relationships across Western MA. After earning her BA from Western New England University and completing a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA, she was the training and program manager at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA.
Elena Sokolow-Kaufman
Title: Senior Manager of Government Relations and Field Resources
Phone: 617.695.2476
Email: eskaufman@massmentors.org
Department: External Affairs
Elena has been with MMP since early 2009. As the senior manager of government relations and field resources, she educates public officials about the value mentoring brings to cities and towns across Massachusetts, and advocates for policies and state budget items that benefit the mentoring field. A native of Montclair, NJ, Elena earned her BA from Barnard College at Columbia University and her MPA from the School of Public and Enviornmental Affairs at Indiana University.
Lauren Winfree
Title: Manager of Communications
Phone: 617.695.2447
Email: lwinfree@massmentors.org
Department: External Affairs
Lauren has been with MMP since August 2008. In her role, she creates awareness about MMP and the field of mentoring using numerous mediums: social media, the MMP website, branded emails, media outreach, and organizational collateral. Lauren grew up in South Florida and earned her BS in journalism from the University of Florida. She previously worked in the development field for a group home for boys and young men in Boca Raton, Florida.
Megan Carthon
Title: Marketing and Match Activity Associate
Phone: 617.695.2440
Email: mcarthon@massmentors.org
Department: External Affairs
Megan joined MMP in August 2014 as a Highland Street Corps Ambassador of Mentoring/marketing and match activity associate. She graduated from Savannah State University in May 2013 with a bachelor degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising. Megan just completed a year of service as becoming an Alumni of City Year in June 2014 and will continue to make better happen this year as an Ambassador of Mentoring.
Sarah Blodgett
Title: Special Projects Manager
Phone:
Email: sblodgett@massmentors.org
Department: External Affairs
Sarah joined MMP in October 2014 as Special Projects Manager. In this role, she supports all aspects of External Affairs, including development and marketing. Sarah has spent time working in development for a literacy organization, marketing and communications for educational programs, and as Chief of Staff and Communications Director for a Massachusetts state senator. She graduated from Northeastern University in 1998 with a degree in Philosophy and Linguistics.
Operations
Sue Anne Endelman
Title: VP and Chief Operating Officer
Phone: 617.695.2430
Email: saendelman@massmentors.org
Department: Operations
Sue Anne joined MMP in 2006 as the vice president for training and strategic services. With 400 percent growth over three years, MMP turned to Sue Anne to become its first chief operating officer, a role in which she provides leadership to align human resources, organizational systems, and financial resources to enable MMP to deliver high-quality services to the youth mentoring field. Previously, Sue Anne spent 16 years as a senior executive at Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. A transplanted Californian, she graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in psychology and from Brandeis University with an MA in Jewish professional leadership.
Biructait Mengesha
Title: Adminstrative Associate
Phone: 617.695.1200
Email: bmengesha@massmentors.org
Department: Operations
Biructait has been with MMP since October 2013. As administrative associate, she is tasked with ensuring the smooth running of office operations and administrative functions of the organization on a daily basis. She also serves as special assistant to the CEO and provides administrative support to the program services team. She graduated from Middlebury College in 2013 with a degree in economics and women and gender studies. Biructait is a mentor at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.
Greg Polzer
Title: Finance and Administration Manager
Phone: 617.695.2441
Email: gpolzer@massmentors.org
Department: Operations
Greg started at MMP in late 2011, first serving as project manager and now as the finance and administration manager. In this role he is helping to shape new initiatives that strengthen financial reporting, recruitment, and HR, and maximizing effective information systems. His previous experience includes working in the hospitality industry and as a personal trainer. Greg has a B.S. from Johnson and Wales University, and an MBA from Nichols College.
Shylah Duchicela
Title: Research Associate and Team Corps Leader
Phone: 617.695.2477
Email: sduchicela@massmentors.org
Department: Operations
Shylah is the Research Associate and Team Corps Leader at Mass Mentoring Partnerships. She graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2014 with a degree in Public Policy and Sociology and a minor in Economics. She has traveled and served her community in Ecuador, New Orleans and South Africa and is committed towards learning new things, challenging herself and impacting others.
Program Services
Nate Baum
Title: Manager of Training and Technical Assistance
Phone: 617.695.2473
Email: nbaum@massmentors.org
Department: Program Services
Nate joined MMP in October 2013 after working as an educator in Greater Boston, where he regularly saw the amazing impact mentoring had on the academic performance and lives of his students. As one of the managers of training and technical assistance, he provides technical assistance, support and training to the 200+ mentoring organizations in MMP's network. Nate has a B.A. in psychology and master of education from UMass Boston.
Beth Fraster
Title: Director of Program Services
Phone: 617.695.2431
Email: bfraster@massmentors.org
Department: Program Services
Beth joined MMP in January 2014, and has more than 25 years of experience leading, evaluating, and managing youth development programs. Beth has provided training and technical assistance to behavioral health programs throughout Massachusetts and across the country while also providing consultant services to federal agencies. Beth leads the Program Services team to promote the most effective and high-quality standards in all aspects of mentoring, and the development of sound and sustainable organizations. She earned a B.S. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts and an MSW from Boston University.
Krystal Hope
Title: Program Manager, Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring
Phone: 617.695.2475
Email: khope@massmentors.org
Department: Program Services
Krystal has been at MMP since August 2010, when she was a Highland Street Corps Ambassador of Mentoring. She is now the program manager of the Ambassadors of Mentoring, a role in which she provides recruits, and supports, guides, and supervises 25 Corps members and host site program partners across Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in organizational communication at Juniata College, and is committed to mentoring because of the individuals who have supported her own growth.
Jessica Torres
Title: Field Diversity Coordinator
Phone: 413-693-0209
Email: jtorres@massmentors.org
Department: Program Services
Jessica joined MMP in August 2014 as a Highland Street Corps Ambassador of Mentoring/Field Diversity Coordinator. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in psychology. She developed her interest in mentoring after serving a year with AmeriCorps VISTA, and is excited to learn and experience more in her second year, now serving as an AOM. Jessica has a passion for community service and has volunteered with organizations such as the Red Cross, The 84.org, and the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services.

Board Members

Chair: Regina M. Pisa, Goodwin Procter
Vice-Chair: Steven W. Powell, State Street Corporation
Treasurer: George Neble, Ernst & Young
Clerk: Ann Burke, Economic Development Council of Western MA
 
Directors:
Sec. Andrea J. Cabral, Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety
Jacqui Conrad, Cambridge College
Mark Eldridge, ALKU
Sonja Kelly, The Kelly Family Foundation
Adam Grossman, Boston Red Sox
Imari Paris Jeffries, The Italian Home for Children
John J. Mahoney, retired from Staples Inc.
Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., Boston College (co-founder)
Paul C. O’Brien, The O’Brien Group (co-founder)
Robert J. Rosenfield, JN Phillips Auto Glass
Randall P. Seidl, Revenue Acceleration, LLC
Reza X. Taleghani, J.P. Morgan
Allison Werder, MassLive.com
Felix Arroyo, City of Boston
 
Past Chairs:
Jim Connolly, National Bank Holdings Corp
Edmund F. Kelly, Liberty Mutual Group

Jobs at MMP

Title Posted Date
Director of Marketing and Public Awareness Monday, August 4, 2014
Government Relations & Organizing Internship (unpaid) Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Manager of Training and Technical Assistance Friday, September 5, 2014

Jobs in the Mentoring Field

Job Title Organization Name Posted Date
BNY Mellon YouthLeaders Program Manager BNY Mellon Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Mission Possible College Access and Career Coordinator Sociedad Latina, Inc. Thursday, October 23, 2014
Director of Mentoring YouthBuild USA Monday, October 20, 2014
Executive Assistant - Part Time Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay Thursday, October 16, 2014
Boston Program Manager Read to a Child Monday, October 13, 2014