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2012 January 4
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. Our first blog post is co-written by Lucas and his mentee Jovanni from the Boys and Girls Club of Boston. I am a mentor through the Boys and Girls Club of Boston. When I first met my mentee Jovanni, who was 13-years-old at the time, I thought the purpose of our relationship was to play basketball, have fun and do things that made him happy. Things that make him happy tend to be anything athletic, and initially, anything related to school was... Read more
2012 January 2
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
2011 December 16
Posted by Michael
For the last five years, the Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring, in partnership with Mass Mentoring Partnership and the Massachusetts Service Alliance have hosted Youth Mentoring Day at the State House. The event, held in National Mentoring Month (January), raises awareness about youth mentoring in Massachusetts, celebrates the power of mentoring relationships, and recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the mentoring field, including mentoring program staff, mentors, businesses, and state legislators. [caption id="attachment_538" align="alignleft" width="200... Read more
2011 December 14
Posted by Michael
Tonight, as part of the Prudential Center's "31 Nights of Light," the Boston landmark will be lit in blue in honor of Mass Mentoring Partnership and as an early kickoff to National Mentoring Month 2012 (January). As part of tonight's event, we wanted to spotlight a business that has demonstrated their commitment to the mentoring field, and the business we chose - CTP - is a long-time supporter of mentoring. Not only have they generously donated their creative and media services, pro-bono, to MMP over the last five years, they also have many of their employees engaged as mentors in the... Read more
2011 December 13
Posted by Michael
[caption id="attachment_518" align="alignleft" width="209" caption="Nikki White is the recruitment coordinator at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston"][/caption]At Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, our mission is to help girls realize their full potential by providing them with positive mentoring relationship with women. This year, our goal is to serve 3,000 girls, which we do through our Community-Based and School-Based 1-1 Mentoring and our Group programs. The School-Based program, in which we partner with nearly 30 schools and community sites, is where we focused our marketing... Read more
2011 December 1
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
2011 November 23
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
2011 November 16
Posted by Michael
Youth safety has been a hot topic in light of the horrific abuse at Penn State. For mentoring programs, youth safety is always a priority with pre-match screening, background checks and ongoing match monitoring and support. Mass Mentoring Partnership conducts a Screening for Effectiveness and Youth Safety training in support of programs working towards high operational standards. Our curriculum is based on the Elements of Effective Practice and the comprehensive work led by Program Director Sarah Kremer of the Friends for Youth, Inc. in California. A Board Certified art therapist, she... Read more
2011 November 11
Posted by Michael
As the newest staff member at Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), I am delighted to be part of such a vibrant and dedicated organization. From my first day at MMP I could sense the passion and commitment of the staff. I am thrilled to contribute as the development and field resources associate. Prior to coming to MMP, I worked as an education legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate. It was through this education policy work that I was first introduced to the proven success and importance of formal mentoring programs. Although policies can be written in an attempt to lower the dropout rate and... Read more
2011 October 20
Posted by Michael
On Columbus Day weekend in Chicago, I joined participants from across the country to learn from experts in male mentoring at the “Forum on the Effectiveness of School-Based Male Mentoring,” co-hosted by the DePaul University Center for Access and Attainment and the Kenwood Academy Brotherhood. We explored the critical issues of academic achievement and personal and social development of young males. The research suggests that there is an enormous need for targeted interventions for males: 80% of high school dropouts are males 50% of fourth and eighth-grade minority males in most urban... Read more

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