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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
2011 October 17
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 October 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... Read more
2011 October 5
Posted by Michael
The business world is abuzz these days with the terms “social capital” and “social networks.” Much of this buzz might focus on the latest features of a given social networking website, or which company is going to hit it big next. But the underlying premise of social capital is that relationships have significant value that can help individuals and communities. Of course, mentoring is all about relationships, so let’s explore how a “Social Capitalist” perspective can help us as mentors. [caption id="attachment_451" align="alignleft" width="254" caption="Social Capital, Inc. President &... Read more
2011 October 3
Posted by Michael
The 2011 Northeast Regional Mentoring Conference, Oct. 13-14 in Framingham, MA, will bring together more than 250 practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders in the mentoring field. The conference’s numerous workshops, covering various themes, will ultimately connect the outcomes and power of mentoring. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting the conference with previews to some of the workshops. This post is courtesy of Adoption and Foster Care (AFC) Mentoring's Executive Director Colby Berger and Program Director Melissa Chu, conference presenters. At first glance, youth in... Read more
2011 September 30
Posted by Michael
Mass Mentoring recently testified in support of Sen. Chang-Diaz’s bill S.185, An Act Preventing Students from Dropping Out of School. We believe this legislation addresses gaps in the holistic support necessary for Massachusetts youth to thrive academically. The bill has two provisions that we felt both help address the dropout problem and align with MMP’s work and that of our mentoring program network: Implementing a graduation coach initiative that will match at-risk students with coaches to mentor and encourage them to success Expanding the early warning indicator index in order to... Read more

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