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2012 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 blog is a Q&A with Staples’ Manager of Retail Services, Beth Finn, a mentor to an 18-year-old high school senior at the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation in Framingham. Staples is supporting a statewide mentoring public awareness campaign for the third consecutive year. Why is mentoring important to you? I have personally benefited from being mentored, and I continue to benefit every day. Learning from others is one of the best... Read more
2012 January 25
Posted by Michael
This guest post was written by Megan Grant, director of program development for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke. For 119 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke has been in the forefront of youth development in the Holyoke community, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. Last September, the Club kicked off its staff mentoring program, in which trained staff members mentor one or more Club members. Mass Mentoring Partnership had provided training for our staff on the basics of mentoring and the impact it can have in a... Read more
2012 January 24
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 blog is a Q&A with Staples’ VP, Creative Director Teresa Herd, a mentor to a number of youth. Staples is supporting a statewide mentoring public awareness campaign for the third consecutive year. Why is mentoring important to you? It is important to me to feel like I am doing something in this world that is for someone else. I have been extremely fortunate in my life. I have been supported and loved. So in return, I wanted to share... Read more
2012 January 23
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 blog is a Q&A with Mandy Drew, who leads usability research, recruiting, and video projects at Alleyoop, a division of Pearson. Alleyoop is helping kids get ready for the 21st century workplace by attacking the college readiness problem. Mandy is equally passionate about helping teens realize their goals and aspirations, just as she did herself. [caption id="attachment_649" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Mandy Drew"][/... Read more
2012 January 18
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 blog is a Q&A with Staples’ Integration Coordinator, Katelyn Biancamano, a mentor at the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation in Framingham. Katelyn's mentee is a Framingham High School student who she has mentored for almost two years. Staples is supporting a statewide mentoring public awareness campaign for the third consecutive year. Why is mentoring important to you? I began mentoring as a way to give back to the community. I... Read more
2012 January 12
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 blog is a Q&A with Stacey, a mentor at Cambridge Family & Children's Service. Stacey has mentored Keiana for three and a half years. [caption id="attachment_625" align="alignleft" width="216" caption="Stacey and Keiana"][/caption] What life challenges did your mentee face before you met? Keiana didn't have a major challenge to overcome in school or with her attitude. Her biggest challenge has been staying productively... Read more
2012 January 12
Posted by Michael
For the eighth consecutive year, New England’s World Champion Nose Tackle Vince Wilfork and The Safety Insurance 98.5 The Sports Hub New England Patriots Radio Network have teamed up with Mass Mentoring Partnership, to ensure that more young people are connected to caring adult mentors who will listen to them, stand by them and guide them. As a part of this initiative, Wilfork and 98.5 have extended invitations to mentor/mentee matches in the MMP network to attend a home game, and MMP chooses a match for each game based on the most compelling stories submitted. On game day, chosen matches are... Read more
2012 January 9
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 blog is a Q&A with Staples' Director of IT Beth Olson, a mentor at the John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation in Framingham. Beth's mentee is an 18-year-old Framingham High School senior who she has mentored since she was 16. Staples is supporting a statewide mentoring public awareness campaign for the third consecutive year. Why is mentoring important to you? I truly believe that mentoring is a win-win-win situation. Having a... Read more
2012 January 5
Posted by Michael
As we mark the 11th annual National Mentoring Month in Massachusetts, we are reminded of the tremendous work mentoring programs and mentors do to make a difference every day in the lives of youth. However, there are still thousands of youth across the state that are waiting to be matched. Our partners at Staples have created a vibrant, educational infographic for National Mentoring Month that not only highlights the need for mentors but demonstrates the real impact that a match can have - on both the mentor and mentee. To learn how you can get involved in Massachusetts, please visit www.... Read more
2012 January 4
Posted by Michael
Gov. Patrick has issued a proclamation recognizing January as Massachusetts Mentoring Month! Here's the text of the document: Whereas today's youth will be tomorrow's leaders and, therefore, the Commonwealth's future depends upon the investments made in their social, emotional and cognitive development; and Whereas quality mentoring is a proven, effective strategy that helps children and young adults by matching them with a caring, responsible adult who can provide guidance and build their confidence; and Whereas research shows that mentoring has beneficial and long-term effects on youth by... Read more

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