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2013 February 21
Posted by Michael
Guest blogger Dennis Quinn is the director of mentoring programs at Reader-to-Reader in Amherst, MA “Give me a lever and a place to stand,” the Greek polymath Archimedes said, “and I will move the world.” Together, Reader to Reader, an Amherst-based nonprofit, and Springfield’s Central High School have paired a proven lever – mentoring – with a relatively new place to stand – a discussion forum on the internet. [caption id="attachment_1083" align="alignright" width="300"] Dennis Quinn, left, with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse[/caption] Here, 9th and 10th grade students connect with mentors from... Read more
2013 February 20
Posted by Michael
Guest blogger Joseph Pullen lives in New York City. He is a Director at GALEWiLL Design, a for-purpose company that designs social change programs, communications, advocacy and action. He’s also proud to be a mentor. “Just wanted to tell u. Ur my favorite uncle. And thanx for everything u have done 4 me. All the weekends when I was little. All the movies. The bozo show. Some of my greatest childhood memories were becuz of u. So thanx for always being there.” My nephew recently sent me this text message. Out of the blue. I was really touched by his note. Actually, shocked is more accurate.... Read more
2013 February 15
Posted by Michael
For the third year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 15. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP! Runner:  Hilary AberleLongest run to date:  14 miles so far, but I have raced in several half-marathons.Favorite song to listen to while running: “Sweet Disposition” by Temper TrapFavorite post-run snack: Pretty much whatever food I find first…I have been STARVING after the long runs! What inspired you to run the 2013 Boston Marathon for MMP? I might only run one marathon in my life. Boston... Read more
2013 February 13
Posted by Michael
As part of our 20 Challenges in 2012 initiative, we launched the Mayors for Mentoring campaign to engage mayors from around Massachusetts in raising awareness of the need for more mentors in their city; recognizing local mentoring programs and their participants; and encouraging  ways for individuals and communities to get involved in mentoring in their city. Brockton Mayor Linda M. Balzotti, who was nominated to participate by Old Colony Y Big Sister Big Brother, was one of the first to participate. “Mentors have the unique opportunity to shape the futures of young men and women in... Read more
2013 February 12
Posted by Michael
January was National Mentoring Month, and we are continuing to highlight a number of perspectives on mentoring, events, and ways you can get involved in the field. Today’s post is from Rachael J. Chambers, Highland Street Corps Ambassador of Mentoring at For Kids Only. It is a profile of a mentor from Ignite Award winner DePuy Synthes of Johnson & Johnson. The field of mentoring, including select supporters, was celebrated at Youth Mentoring Day at the State House on Jan. 16.  DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson was the winner of the business Ignite Award, and was nominated... Read more
2013 February 6
Posted by Michael
For the third year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 15. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP! [caption id="attachment_1067" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mike and his sister - and MMP teammate! - Alana[/caption] Runner: Mike FerrariLongest run to date: Half-marathonOther daring thing I do: Polar Plunge to raise money for Special OlympicsFavorite song to listen to while running: Ne-Yo – Let’s GoFavorite post-run snack: For a snack, I would say a yogurt and protein shake. But after a... Read more
2013 February 5
Posted by Michael
For the third year in a row, Mass Mentoring Partnership is honored to be an official charity partner of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 15. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP! [caption id="attachment_1061" align="alignleft" width="300"] Alana poses with her brother (and fellow MMP teammate) Mike[/caption] Runner:  Alana FerrariLongest run to date:  Half-marathonFavorite song to listen to while running: Christmas in Sarajevo by the Trans-Siberian OrchestraFavorite post-run snack: Anything! What inspired you to run the 2013 Boston Marathon for MMP? My friend Sheree... Read more
2013 February 1
Posted by Michael
Quality-Based Membership (QBM) with MMP is a free, nationally studied process for Massachusetts youth mentoring programs to acknowledge and receive recognition for what they are doing well. Mentoring programs can pursue three different levels of Quality-Based Membership, and our highest level of membership is Partner Member. Guest author Kayleigh Colombero is the director of Project Coach, our newest Partner. To learn more visit http://projectcoach.smith.edu/ Although I have only been the director of Project Coach for six months, my seven years of various experiences with the program allows... Read more
2013 January 30
Posted by Michael
January is National Mentoring Month, and we are highlighting a number of perspectives on mentoring, events, and ways you can get involved in the field. Today’s post is from Synda Mahan, Highland Street Corps Ambassador of Mentoring at Cambridge Family & Children's Service. It is a profile on Ignite Award winner Chad Butt from The DREAM program. On January 16, 2013, Chad Butt was awarded the Ignite Award from Mass Mentoring Partnership. The award honors a mentoring program staff member who has demonstrated a commitment to motivating and inspiring people to become advocates of mentoring,... Read more
2013 January 29
Posted by Michael
January is National Mentoring Month, a time to recognize the transformational power of mentoring in the lives of young people. It’s a time to celebrate our accomplishments and affirm our commitment to the work still ahead of us. Here at Mass Mentoring Partnership, we certainly have a lot to celebrate. Over the past year, we’ve worked with our more than 200 member organizations to expand and improve the opportunities available for young people, including: 280+ hours of free technical assistance AmeriCorps members were placed at 16 sites across Massachusetts, impacting 3,000 youth and... Read more

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