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2013 November 26
Posted by Michael
In early September, the sixth generation of Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring, an AmeriCorps initiative of Mass Mentoring, were sworn into service. Massachusetts Service Alliance CEO Emily Haber and State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry helped welcome the group and reiterated the importance of committing to civic engagement in the Commonwealth. We also had the pleasure of hearing a rousing speech from Corporation of National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer, who declared that “the future of AmeriCorps is bright.” And it is: with more than 1,200 AmeriCorps members serving across... Read more
2013 November 1
Posted by Michael
The Boston Celtics' Heroes Among Us program honors individuals who have made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others. Tonight, they will honor Boston Partners in Education mentor Wendell Williams. Boston Partners in Education is also a recipient of the Bill Russell Mentoring Grant Program that MMP administers, and a part of the Bill Russell Legacy Project that is unveiling the statue to Bill today. The following blog post about Wendell was submitted by Keri Ann Walsh, communications manager at Boston Partners in Education. Wendell Williams is a retired prison guard and Vietnam veteran.... Read more
2013 October 30
Posted by Michael
By Marty Martinez, president and CEO, Mass Mentoring Partnership; and David Shapiro, president and CEO, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership This Fall has provided further evidence that Boston is the ultimate sports town – evidenced not only by our teams’ success on the field but also for the role our athletes play in strengthening our community. On Friday, the City will celebrate a sports legend that embodies that spirit both on and off the court. Bill Russell was an unparalleled teammate and athlete who led the Boston Celtics and this city to a record 11 championship banners. At the... Read more
2013 October 24
Posted by Michael
The Boston mayoral election is Nov. 5, 2013. Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) reached out to both final candidates to find out how mentoring has impacted their own lives. Here is the response from candidate Marty Walsh. Why do you believe mentoring is important?Mentoring is one of the most fulfilling things a person can do. A mentor has the opportunity to influence how someone sees the world and to ignite a spark of curiosity. Many of us are searching for guidance, but it is often difficult to find. Mentoring can help to fill these gaps, especially for our young population. I commend those... Read more
2013 October 23
Posted by Michael
The Boston mayoral election is Nov. 5, 2013. Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) reached out to both final candidates to find out how mentoring has impacted their own lives. Here is the response from candidate John Connolly. Why do you believe mentoring is important?I believe mentoring can make a profound difference in the life of a young person, and also create a positive ripple effect in his or her family, school, and community.  A caring and reliable relationship with an adult who is invested in a young person's academic and social and emotional development allows him or her to develop... Read more
2013 September 18
Posted by Michael
By Elena Sokolow-Kaufman, manager of government relations and field resources This week, we are celebrating Mentoring Works! Week as part of Attendance Awareness Month to raise awareness on how mentoring can play a role in academic success. It is widely understood that school attendance is a critical step towards student academic achievement. Intuitively, it makes sense that youth need to be in class in order to have a chance at absorbing course material and to apply what they are learning. But as many as 7.5 million U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year. Research shows that... Read more
2013 September 18
Posted by Michael
Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is thrilled to announce the kick-off to our 2013 season with the Rodman Ride for Kids, a noncompetitive 25, 50 or 100 mile bike ride through southeastern Massachusetts on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Several mentoring programs have joined our efforts to raise funds for their own programs as well. We want you to meet one of the awesome riders on these teams! Rider: Maddy WendtAge: 24City: Marine, MN (hometown); Northampton (current city)Occupation: Graduate student studying secondary educationDistance riding: 25 milesTeam riding for: Project Coach Why did you... Read more
2013 September 9
Posted by Michael
Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is thrilled to announce the kick-off to our 2013 season with the Rodman Ride for Kids, a noncompetitive 25, 50 or 100 mile bike ride through southeastern Massachusetts on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Several mentoring programs have joined our efforts to raise funds for their own programs as well. We want you to meet one of the awesome riders on these teams! Rider: C.T. RansdellAge: 27City: Jamaica PlainOccupation: Associate Director of Development at Generations IncorporatedDistance riding: 100 miles (4th year!)Team riding for: Generations Incorporated Why did... Read more
2013 September 4
Posted by Michael
Guest post submitted by Dennis Quinn, director of mentoring programs, Reader to Reader For Reader to Reader, our most successful recruitment has always been by word of mouth. Given our close relationship with Amherst College students, current mentors would often recommend us to their friends. In the days when we had 20 mentors, we didn't need much more than that. Last year, though, we had 85 mentors, and with the growth we expect this year, we may reach 100. For that reason, and with the support of Mass Mentoring, we hope to take a more targeted approach to recruiting. Our back to school... Read more
2013 August 19
Posted by Michael
By Sarah Shugrue, manager of Western MA partnerships Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is a proud supporter of the Stay in School Campaign, a Springfield city-wide campaign focused on reducing the rate of chronic absenteeism and encouraging students to attend school daily, graduate on time, and pursue their dreams. This September, we are looking forward to celebrating the inaugural Attendance Awareness Month statewide to raise awareness on how mentoring can play a role in academic success. The week of Sept. 16-22 is being celebrated as Mentoring Works! Week. Children with mentors are: 52... Read more

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