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2014 April 3
Posted by Michael
In honor of National Volunteer Month (April), we asked Sandy Ho, a Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring from 2009-10 to share her thoughts on her year of service. Sandy was most recently the program coordinator for the Thrive Mentoring program at Easter Seals Massachusetts [caption id="1558" align="alignright" width="300"] Sandy, bottom right. Image courtesy of Easter Seals[/caption] During my 2009-2010 year of AmeriCorps service at Roxbury Community College (RCC), I created a mentoring program that served first-generation community college students, called Mentoring for Success... Read more
2014 March 19
Posted by Rich
Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM) is a technique used by mentoring programs where youth recruit their own mentors from their personal networks rather than have a mentor assigned through the agency. Mentoring programs can utilize this approach by inviting their mentees to explore mentor options beyond the mentoring site. Mentees can suggest people from their own social networks (such as coaches, teachers, family, friends, etc.) to become their mentors, and form close relationships with people with whom they already have an interpersonal connection. The program would then connect with the mentor... Read more
2014 March 17
Posted by Ariel
By Nate Baum, manager of training and technical assistance Mass Mentoring’s training and technical assistance team is excited to close out March with our two-day intensive Building a Quality Mentoring Program workshop on March 26 and March 27. Now, you may say to yourself, “hold on, two days! I don’t know if I can devote that much time to this.” That is an understandable sentiment considering how busy we all are at our organizations. What I’ll say is that the two days you spend at this training might more than pay for itself in time saved later on when you can more confidently operate your... Read more
2014 March 14
Posted by Rich
By MMP Director of Marketing & Public Awareness Rich Greif Raising the profile of a nonprofit’s CEO and senior leaders is vital to strengthening an organization’s brand and positioning its expertise in a range of social issues. Slowly but surely, nonprofit leaders are going beyond traditional methods like public speaking and media opportunities and engaging their current and potential stakeholders through social media, blogging, videos, online chats, op-eds and other tools. Complementing your organization’s communications efforts with targeted outreach by senior leaders adds a human voice... Read more
2014 March 10
Posted by Ariel
Thanks to the John Hancock 2014 Non-Profit Marathon Program, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) was presented with an amazing opportunity to once again participate in the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 21, 2014. We also have a cohort of dedicated and resilient runners who ran for Team MMP in 2013 and are returning to run in 2014 and help fuel the mentoring movement in Massachusetts. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP! Runner: Maggie Lapan ​ Hometown: Brattleboro, Vermont   Occupation: Human resources assistant at Courion Corporation (plus a side gig at David’s... Read more
2014 March 5
Posted by Ariel
Thanks to the John Hancock 2014 Non-Profit Marathon Program, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) was presented with an amazing opportunity to once again participate in the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 21, 2014. We also have a cohort of dedicated and resilient runners who ran for Team MMP in 2013 and are returning to run in 2014 and help fuel the mentoring movement in Massachusetts. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP! LuisRomoRunner: Luis F. Romo Hometown: Smithtown, NY Occupation: Founder of Helios Innovative Technologies, Inc. If your life were a movie, what would... Read more
2014 February 27
Posted by Michael
From time to time, we highlight different perspectives on The Mentor Effect from community leaders across Massachusetts. Today's perspective comes from James Healey, president of The Yawkey Foundations. The Yawkey Foundations is a key supporter of mentoring through generous support of Mass Mentoring and our mentoring programs across the region. Their commitment to the movement provides important leadership in helping to ensure all young people have a caring adult mentor in their life. Why do you believe mentoring is important?Everybody needs a mentor in their life in order to be successful.... Read more
2014 February 21
Posted by Michael
Thanks to the John Hancock 2014 Non-Profit Marathon Program, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) was presented with an amazing opportunity to once again participate in the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 21, 2014. We also have a cohort of dedicated and resilient runners who ran for Team MMP in 2013 and are returning to run in 2014 and help fuel the mentoring movement in Massachusetts. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP! Runner:  Joanne Quinlan-RobertsHometown: Methuen, MAOccupation: East Regional Controller - KPMG LLPIf your life were a movie, what would you title it?: ... Read more
2014 February 13
Posted by Michael
This post was submitted by Aliz Koletas, host of Connecting Point on WGBY in Western Massachusetts. “Valentines…the only day a baby gets violent and shoots arrows at innocent bystanders and we think it’s cute.” I’m attempting to write a witty intro for an interview I’m about to tape on Connecting Point, the WGBY show I host and produce…and this is the only one I can think of at the moment. I don’t get the point of the holiday and refuse to celebrate it. Never have, never will-- although admittedly, that’s been harder to live by recently as I’ve gotten older, less of a rebel and found someone... Read more
2014 February 12
Posted by Michael
In honor of Black History Month, we will be highlighting different perspectives on mentoring from community leaders across Massachusetts. Today's perspective comes from Denise Cogman, executive director of Springfield School Volunteers. Why do you believe mentoring is important? I believe mentoring is important because it is essential to the preservation of society. That sounds like a strong statement, but where would many of us be had there not been someone there to light our pathway, to test out the road in front of us and warn us of the curves and potholes ahead? There is always going to... Read more

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