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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
2016 May 10
Posted by Jessica
As part of our annual Champions of Mentoring flagship event, we are hosting an online auction! Our Champions Auction is one component of our largest fundraiser. Funds raised through donations allows us to provide training to our partner youth-serving programs, help launch mentor recruitment campaigns, advocate for funds to support mentoring at state and local levels, offer mentor-mentee match activities, build partnerships, and much more. Our wonderful auction items come from local businesses throughout Massachusetts and the surrounding areas. Featured Auction Items... Read more
2016 April 29
Posted by Jessica
Ray Carela, a 17-year-old student and mentee at RAW Art Works, received the KELLY Award at this year’s Champions of Mentoring event on May 25th. This $20,000 scholarship, supported by the Kelly Family Foundation, and Liberty Mutual, and Mass Mentoring Partnership, provides educational assistance to young people who have persevered through adversity with the guidance of an empowering adult. Raymond plans to use his money to attend Mass College of Art, spending a year at Bunker Hill Community College prior to beginning. Raymond was nominated for the award by his mentor, Chris. Ray and... Read more
2016 March 25
Posted by Jessica
Sherée Dunwell is running her sixth marathon for Team MMP! Her fundraising efforts over the years have brought in more than $50,000 to support empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts.  Here is a message from Sherée: I am thrilled and truly honored to be running my sixth Boston Marathon for Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP)! During my time as a member of team MMP, I have discovered so much about myself. I am so grateful for what this experience has brought me in my life: a sense of purpose, a sense of self and a reason to give to those around me. I... Read more

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