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2011 August 25
Posted by Michael
Building on our recent interview with Matt Costigan, today's post focuses on mentoring from a program staff member's perspective. Jeff Lafata is the mentor match specialist at Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) in Boston. MMP: Tell us a little bit about your mentoring program and your role. Jeff: PYD is committed to empowering young people with disabilities to reach their full potential. We do this by providing high quality one-to-one and group mentoring programs for youth as they strive to reach their personal, educational and career goals. PYD offers a variety of mentoring programs... Read more
2011 August 22
Posted by Michael
With Mentoring Day at Fenway (Sept. 19, 1:05 p.m.) quickly approaching - an annual ballgame event for more than 700 mentors and mentees from around the state - we wanted to get to know one of our program's mentors a little better. Matt Costigan is a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County, a supporter of the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge, and a Sox fan himself. MMP: Tell us a little about yourself and what you do. Matt: I recently moved from Chicopee to Burlington with my fiancée, Wendy. We are getting married this September. I am a terrible golfer but enjoy being out there and am... Read more
2011 August 19
Posted by Michael
We wanted to share this great piece about why mentoring is inspiring from Reena De Asis, Marketing and Nonprofit Relations Director for Causecast. 3 Ways Mentoring Inspires Meaningful Relationships .
2011 August 18
Posted by Michael
To continue helping mentoring programs succeed and grow, we are relaunching the Mass Mentoring blog. Enewsletters and social media have been helpful to highlight inspiring stories and the great work our mentoring program partners do. But we want to dig further into the real-world successes and challenges that mentors and programs experience and explore best practices in every aspect of mentoring - advocacy, board development, evaluation, fundraising, marketing, match support, program development, partnerships, special populations and more. You'll be hearing from Mass Mentoring staff on... Read more
2010 June 23
Posted by Michael
By Elena Sokolow-Kaufman, Manager of Government Relations & Field Resources I recently learned that the Pioneer Institute, a public policy research organization in Massachusetts, is running a contest to collect the best responses to three questions around transparency and accountability in government. This immediately piqued my interest for a couple of reasons. First, as the Manager of Government Relations and Field Resources at Mass Mentoring, I spend a significant amount of time working to ensure that the state invests in mentoring programs, and keeping programs informed of funding... Read more
2010 May 3
Posted by Michael
By Mallory R. St. Brice , Program Manager Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring MMP has begun planning for the third year of the Highland Street Corps Ambassadors of Mentoring program. We have been spreading the word about this great opportunity to serve communities in Massachusetts in an effort to build our corps for the 2010-2011 program year, which begins this August. I can’t believe that we are already embarking on the third year of this program! So much has happened in such a short time. The Ambassadors are a group of 20 full-time AmeriCorps volunteers who serve at youth... Read more
2010 April 15
Posted by Michael
By Linda Peterson, Manager of Training and Technical Assistance It’s all about the kids. When you think of youth mentoring, what generally comes to mind? Perhaps a man and a boy shooting hoops, a college student taking her teenage mentee shopping for the latest fashions, or a retired adult reading to an elementary student in school. All of these scenarios are right, but do you ever wonder how mentoring programs keep these youth safe, match the right adult with the right youth, ensure that the youth is experiencing a quality relationship, and that the adult follows through on his or her time... Read more
2010 March 31
Posted by Michael
3/26/2010 By Allison Smith, Social Media & Outreach Associate at MMP Women are brilliant, amazing, funny and beautiful. I am not just saying that because I am a woman and I think I am awesome, but because I am constantly in awe of the women around me- coworkers, fellow T riders, my mother, my sister and my friends. The emotional support we gain from one another is a bond of sisterhood that is invisible but as strong as a chain of steel - and one that is closely related that with our own mentors and role models. This may seem mushy and a little too sentimental, but I feel compelled to... Read more
2010 March 25
Posted by Michael
We came across a great article from the Non Profit Risk Management newsletter that shares the Online Social Networking Risks and give helpful tips on how to minimize them. Online Social Networks, CyberRisk and Your Nonprofit: What You Need to Know By Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq. and A.J. Zottola, Esq. Online social networking sites, such as the popular offerings provided by MYSPACE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and LINKEDIN, offer new ways for nonprofits to connect and interact with key stakeholder groups and the community at-large. An online networking site can offer opportunities and rewards due to... Read more
2010 March 11
Posted by Michael
By David Shapiro, Mass Mentoring Partnership CEO A few odds and end that have been rattling around the brain that I thought I’d share… A board member recently asked, “In this economic environment where the state says it has a huge structural deficit, is it worth advocating?” The response: now it’s more important than ever because if voices are not heard and impact is not seen, funding will disappear. You all have certainly made your voices heard. And while the number is not big - $100,000 for the whole field of mentoring - we were really pleased to see the administration include mentoring... Read more

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