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2013 June 20
Posted by Michael
The following blog entry is excerpted from Old Colony Y's Big Sister Big Brother match application to participate in the pre-game activities for Mentoring Night at Fenway Park. 10-year-old Zeliza from Old Colony Y's Big Sister Big Brother program had the honor of being a Bat Girl for the Red Sox-Indians game during Mentoring Night at Fenway Park on May 24. The game helped kickoff the annual Red Sox Mentoring Challenge, an initiative designed to recruit more caring adults as mentors. She has been matched with her mentor, Kerri, since December 2011. During this time, Kerri has introduced Zeliza... Read more
2013 June 19
Posted by Michael
Michaela, 18, received the KELLY Award at Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Champions of Mentoring Breakfast at Fenway Park in late May. The $20,000 competitive award through MMP provides educational support to mentees who have persevered through tremendous adversity. Michaela will use the funding to pursue her nursing degree at Worcester State University. [caption id="attachment_1238" align="alignright" width="300"] Rose and Michaela with Sonja Kelly Farmer from the Kelly Family Foundation[/caption] Michaela was nominated by her mentor Rose. The two have been matched for more than two years... Read more
2013 June 19
Posted by Michael
The following blog entry is excerpted from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin Co.'s match application to participate in the pre-game activities for Mentoring Night at Fenway Park. 10-year old Jordan from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin Co. had the honor of being a Bat Boy for the Red Sox-Indians game during Mentoring Night at Fenway Park on May 24. The game helped kickoff the annual Red Sox Mentoring Challenge, an initiative designed to recruit more caring adults as mentors. He and his mentor, Rob, met in late November 2012 and hit it off right away. They share the same favorite color... Read more
2013 June 3
Posted by Michael
This post was written by MMP's Manager of Government Relations and Field Resources, Elena Sokolow-Kaufman Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) administers a state-funded grant program each year called the Mentoring Matching Grants .This year, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts allocated $350,000 to MMP, which has been distributed to 27 programs across the Commonwealth to assist them in their work of matching and professionally supporting youth with volunteer mentors. Each year we advocate for increasing this critical source of funding, which is the only state funding dedicated specifically to... Read more
2013 May 30
Posted by Michael
On June 3 and June 5, the Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring, with support from Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), will host Table Talks: Diversifying Your Recruitment Efforts. These round-table discussions will offer programs that experience difficulties in recruiting from underrepresented populations a way to share insights and identify strategies around recruiting more diverse mentors. The discussions will focus on different methods of engaging diverse populations, maximizing staff capacity, and online recruitment.  We believe that programs will be able to contribute and... Read more
2013 May 22
Posted by Michael
The need for a strong community, especially for our youth, is more significant than ever. We are thrilled to share with you our three 2013 Champions of Mentoring – individuals and organizations that are committed to strengthening our communities through fueling the youth mentoring movement. Our Champions have gone above and beyond to support mentoring and advance our cause to bring more caring adults into the lives of young people. We will share their stories over the next several days, and they will be honored at our Champions of Mentoring Breakfast at Fenway Park on May 24. The United Way... Read more
2013 May 20
Posted by Michael
The need for a strong community, especially for our youth, is more significant than ever. We are thrilled to share with you our three 2013 Champions of Mentoring – individuals and organizations that are committed to strengthening our communities through fueling the youth mentoring movement. Our Champions have gone above and beyond to support mentoring and advance our cause to bring more caring adults into the lives of young people. We will share their stories over the next several days, and they will be honored at our Champions of Mentoring Breakfast at Fenway Park on May 24. Three-time The... Read more
2013 May 15
Posted by Michael
The need for a strong community, especially for our youth, is more significant than ever. We are thrilled to share with you our three 2013 Champions of Mentoring - individuals and organizations that are committed to strengthening our communities through fueling the youth mentoring movement. Our Champions have gone above and beyond to support mentoring and advance our cause to bring more caring adults into the lives of young people. We will share their stories over the next several days, and they will be honored at our Champions of Mentoring Breakfast at Fenway Park on May 24. Three-time The... Read more
2013 May 3
Posted by Michael
Submitted by Danielle Letourneau-Therrien, Executive Director Folks in the Athol/Orange area know River Rat Day, and it’s a pretty big deal. 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the River Rat Race, which puts kayakers and canoes into the river in early April. Big Sister Stella and Little Sister Deven decided to create a float as an activity they could do together. Stella took the lead and got us signed up for the River Rat Parade, which was free of charge to join. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin Co. (BBBSFC) staff and board put out the alert to get as many people as we could to come along... Read more
2013 April 23
Posted by Michael
Mark Eldridge, CEO of The Start Group, guest wrote this blog piece on advice and lessons learned for businesses that want to make a difference. An important part of any business has to be profitability. But once profitability is obtained, there should also be a focus on giving back. This doesn't just have to be money either; there are a lot of ways to get involved in helping your community. When we first decided that we wanted to find a way to give back as a company, we made a lot of mistakes. Since that time, we have learned a few things and have the following bits of advice to offer any... Read more

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