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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
2014 January 31
Posted by Michael
Throughout National Mentoring Month, we will be highlighting different perspectives on The Mentor Effect from community leaders across Massachusetts. Today's perspective comes from Wendy Foster of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. Wendy is President & CEO at BBBSMB, and has more than two decades of executive leadership experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Why do you believe mentoring is important?Mentoring is a great way to positively impact a child in a deep, meaningful way. In fact, it is one of the most successful youth development strategies ever... Read more
2014 January 30
Posted by Michael
Throughout National Mentoring Month, we will be highlighting different perspectives on The Mentor Effect from community leaders across Massachusetts. Today's perspective comes from VP of User Experience Tom Weisend from Rue La La. An interaction design professional for 16 years, Tom now leads the charge at Rue La La for building a unique and meaningful brand experience across all customer touch points. Today, I am the vice president of creative at Rue La La, where I oversee all areas of our creative team. Rue La La is an exciting online shopping destination based in Boston that in less than... Read more
2014 January 29
Posted by Michael
Throughout National Mentoring Month, we will be highlighting different perspectives on The Mentor Effect from community leaders across Massachusetts. Today's perspective comes from MMP Board Member Jacqui Conrad. Jacqui is the director of communications and public relations at Cambridge College, and is also the president at delaCruz Communications. I have always valued and respected mentors and believe mentoring is something not to be taken lightly. Mentoring provides an invaluable opportunity to give or share your time with youth that may not have any guidance or positive mentors in their... Read more
2014 January 28
Posted by Michael
In honor of National Mentoring Month we're sharing match stories from our network of mentoring programs. The following story was shared by Samantha Alves, director of youth mentoring at Children's Friend and Family Services in Salem. In 2013, Mac was referred to our youth mentoring program. He was having a hard time at home and in school - he didn’t have anything to talk about with the kids at school and he felt alone and socially unacceptable. Into Mac’s life walked Sam, a youth mentor from our program. Sam is a retired postman and has a lot of time and love to give. Once a week, they meet... Read more
2014 January 27
Posted by Michael
Throughout National Mentoring Month, we will be highlighting different perspectives on The Mentor Effect from community leaders across Massachusetts. Today's perspective comes from Yo-el Cassell, the Citydance program manager at the Boston Ballet. Yo-el is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and has performed in a variety of shows and films, as well as with the Virginia Opera, Heidi Latsky Dance, Chen and Dancers, The American Mime Theater, Spencer/Colton, Pearl Lang Dance Theater, and more. Why do you believe mentoring is important? To mentor is to have the opportunity to not only inspire... Read more
2014 January 24
Posted by Michael
Throughout National Mentoring Month, we will be highlighting different perspectives on The Mentor Effect from community leaders across Massachusetts. Today's perspective comes from David Beturne of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County. David is the executive director of the program, where he's worked since 2000, most recently as the director of program services.  Why do you believe mentoring is important?Mentoring resonates with me because it directly addresses an important basic need, companionship. Who likes to feel alone? How many happy, successful individuals do you hear say “I made... Read more

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