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2017 January 4
Posted by Joana
Governor Baker recently revealed the line items that were subject to $98 million in 9c cuts as a result of the revenue shortfall our state has faced over the last few months. We are thankful that the governor did not cut our mentoring matching grant line item, however many services that directly affect young people across the state were, which can have a direct impact on the youth you serve.  As we prepare for the  FY 18 budget cycle, we will rely on your support and advocacy to ensure the the Mentoring Matching Grant, the only dedicated state funding to... Read more
2017 January 4
Posted by Joana
On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Success Act (ESSA), a replacement for No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and a build-on of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. ESSA is intended to "ensure opportunity for all of America's students" by holding all students to high academic standards, preparing all students for college and career success, providing more students access to high-quality preschools, and other important initiatives. This plan heavily focuses on making resources and opportunities accessible for students and keeping states and... Read more
2017 January 3
Posted by Joana
The Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus organized a listening tour throughout the state in an effort to seek input from the public as they determined the legislative solutions to address the concerns most impacting Black and Latino communities. The first two sessions were held in Lawrence and Springfield, and the final stop was in Boston on December 20th.  Mass Mentoring was proud to submit a testimony on the need for youth of color to be supported through healthy youth-adult, mentoring relationships. We believe that for children to grow... Read more
2016 December 1
Posted by Joana
On Wednesday, November 30th, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) gathered partners and stakeholders for an in-depth overview and discussion on dropout prevention policy. We shared our policy recommendations on placing developmental relationships in schools as a remedy for high dropout rate in middle and high schools. Feedback and suggestions included stories, knowledge, and experiences about the supports that young people need in schools.   As previous national research shows time and time again, youth need more than academic support to stay in school and be successful. In a recent survey... Read more
2016 November 1
Posted by Michael
There is no question that this upcoming election can be considered high stakes. Whomever our nation elects to serve as our commander in chief will likely have a ripple effect on policy that will last for generations to come, which is why national elections draw higher than average turnout to polls. The same can also be said for ballot questions, initiatives typically led by public interest groups that manage to avoid the typical, slow legislative process that other bills do and letting voters decide on Election Day by popular vote. There is one ballot question in particular, The Massachusetts... Read more
2016 October 12
Posted by Michael
In 2015, Mark Eldridge, CEO and Founder of ALKU and Mass Mentoring Partnership board member, started the ALKU Scholarship award. This is a $20,000 educational scholarship, payable over four years, given to a rising high school senior who demonstrates academic achievement, leadership, community involvement and financial need. The candidate also must be involved in a supportive relationship with an adult.  Marta Pleitez is a senior at Barnstable High School with a 3.5 grade point average and is consistently a member of the honor roll. She lives in a single parent home with... Read more
2016 August 25
Posted by Michael
  Mass Mentoring Partnership was honored to participate in Bank of America's Student Leaders Program this summer. The  8-week program provides more than 200 young leaders around the country with the opportunity to learn how government, the private and public sectors intersect to address community issues. The Student Leaders program allows students to connect with peers and find additional inspiration to strengthen their communities. The students also come together for a leadership summit in Washington D.C. Mass Mentoring hosted Branajha Rembert, a rising high... Read more
2016 May 25
Posted by Jessica
On May 25th, nearly 1,000 mentors and mentees from across the state will come to Fenway Park for Mentoring Night to celebrate relationships and watch the Red Sox take on the Rockies. Some of the matches  will appear on the field during the Mentoring Night pregame activities. Representing Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, mentee, Na'vae, and mentor, Sonia, will be honorary bat girls! When Sonia was getting ready to meet her Little Sister, Na’vae, she was full of excitement, but anxious about their age gap, wondering if they’d be able to find any... Read more
2016 May 25
Posted by Jessica
On May 25th, nearly 1,000 mentors and mentees from across the state will come to Fenway Park for Mentoring Night to celebrate relationships and watch the Red Sox take on the Rockies. Some of the matches  will appear on the field during the Mentoring Night pregame activities. Representing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, mentee, Gabe, and mentor, Tom, will throw out the first pitch! Tom and Gabe, who were matched through MMP's partner program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, were fast friends. They discovered... Read more
2016 May 24
Posted by Michael
On May 25th, nearly 1,000 mentors and mentees from across the state will come to Fenway Park for Mentoring Night to celebrate relationships and watch the Red Sox take on the Rockies. Some of the matches  will appear on the field during the Mentoring Night pregame activities. Representing Children's Friend and Family Services of Salem, mentee Logan and mentor Rob will serve as honorary Red Sox bat boys! Rob and Logan are a great example of a successful mentoring match. Logan, an only child who lives with his hardworking mom and supportive grandmother in... Read more

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