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2017 November 9
Posted by Michael
As we come to the end of our celebration of Mass Mentoring Partnership’s 25th year, we also prepare to say goodbye to our longtime leader. Marty Martinez, our President and CEO, has decided to depart MMP in December to take on an exciting new challenge as the Chief of Health & Human Services for Mayor Marty Walsh and the City of Boston. Marty first joined MMP in 2007 and served as Chief Program Officer prior to being named CEO in 2012. Through his passion, commitment and expertise, he has led MMP to unprecedented growth, including a 50% increase in MMP’s full-time staff and 15% growth in... Read more
2017 November 9
Posted by Michael
  We were thrilled to join with our partners and friends on November 8th at the Springfield Museums to celebrate our 10th anniversary in Western Massachusetts! It was an opportunity to look back at the last decade of making empowering youth-adult relationships happen in the region. We were fortunate to have public officials from Western Massachusetts join us, including Michael Knapik from Governor Baker's office and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. Both brought citations and proclamations recognizing our anniversary in the region.  We also recognized our... Read more
2017 October 16
Posted by Joana
On the evening of October 11th, we celebrated the 6th annual Cheers to Mentoring in Boston with our friends ALKU, EY, and the Rodman Ride for Kids. We gathered for a special evening celebrating youth-adult relationships happening across MA. Throughout the event, we shared the story that #RelationshipsMatter and most importantly, we honored the 2017 ALKU Scholarship Winner, Daniel. Read more below:     1 in 8 students in MA won’t graduate on time.* Youth in developmental relationships are less likely to skip school and more likely to present better attitudes and behaviors at school... Read more
2017 October 16
Posted by Michael
Last Wednesday evening, Mass Mentoring Partnership President & CEO Marty Martinez joined education and youth development leaders from across the Commonwealth to participate in Build The Future, a special town hall meeting hosted by NBC News Education Nation and broadcast live on NECN and NBC Boston. Marty shares his thoughts on the event:   It was an honor to join so many educators, youth development experts and stakeholders in the Education Nation discussion. These included Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang;  Chris Gabrieli, Chairman, Massachusetts Board of... Read more
2017 September 26
Posted by Joana
With the generous support of ALKU CEO and Founder, Mark Eldridge, MMP launched the ALKU Scholarship in 2015. This educational award helps rising high school seniors further their academic pursuits and attend a four-year college or university. Since its launch, we’ve seen two driven and gifted students, Ronique Williams and Marta Pleitez-Hercules, embark on their college careers at UMass Dartmouth. This year, we will officially welcome our 3rd ALKU Scholarship winner, Daniel Mbusa at our annual Cheers to Mentoring event, happening on October 11th! The 2017 ALKU Scholarship winner, Daniel, is a... Read more
2017 September 6
Posted by Michael
To dream is to 'contemplate the possibility'. It is all about hoping and wishing for something to happen or be in the future. That is what the almost million young immigrants we call 'dreamers' strive to do every day. They are not only dreaming of a life where they can achieve their very best and contribute to a better America, but many are working every day in school and at work to make our communities better places to live. They are the definition of a group of young people who have done nothing wrong but have worked to do everything right. The action of the White House this week to... Read more
2017 July 26
Posted by Joana
MMP is excited to participate in Bank of America's Student Leaders program again this summer. The Student Leaders program annually provides over 220 community-minded high school juniors and seniors across the U.S. with a paid eight-week summer internship at local nonprofit organizations. Student Leaders also attend the week-long and all expense paid Bank of America Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC in July. Meet this year's MMP Student Leader, Estefany Pineda:  In your own words, how would you describe MMP's mission? MMP’s mission is to empower adult-youth... Read more
2017 July 17
Posted by Joana
This past November, Massachusetts showed up to the polls strongly in favor of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. This prompted the Massachusetts House and Senate to create a special committee to provide legislative oversight on the taxation, sale, and regulation of its use. The deadline for the committee to come to an agreement on the legalization law rewrite is overdue, and the marijuana tax has dominated the state and local news cycle in the last few weeks. Because Mass Mentoring Partnership believes in the will of the voters, the purpose of this blog post is not make a value... Read more
2017 June 29
Posted by Michael
On June 27th, nearly 1,000 mentors and mentees from across the state came to Fenway Park for Mentoring Night to celebrate relationships and watch the Red Sox take on the Twins. Some of the matches appeared on the field during the pregame activities. Representing EVkids, mentee Jimmy and his mentor Jackson were interviewed about their relationship on NESN and WEEI. In 2014, mentor Jackson and mentee Jimmy were matched by EVkids. The program empowers inner-city Boston youth with the skills and confidence needed to realize their potential. They help low-income,... Read more
2017 June 29
Posted by Michael
On June 27th, nearly 1,000 mentors and mentees from across the state came to Fenway Park for Mentoring Night to celebrate relationships and watch the Red Sox take on the Twins. Some of the matches appeared on the field during the pregame activities. Representing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County, mentee Clint and his mentor Robert got to read the starting lineups on NESN. Mentee Clint had been waiting to be matched for about eight months before Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County finally introduced him to mentor Robert. The program targets... Read more

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