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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
2010 March 10
Posted by Michael
This organization is a great resource for youth advocates and mentoring programs. From an advocate's perspective, it's a platform that provides compelling, accurate information and context on children’s issues, and tools to take action. From a program perspective, it helps youth organizations effectively reach a broad audience — the public, professional peers, and policymakers — with their content and materials. To learn more about Connect for Kids check out their website here:http://www.connectforkids.org/
2010 February 12
Posted by Michael
by Ingrid Peters, Manager of Mentor Recruitment Campaigns Yesterday I attended a meeting for the Lawrence Mentoring Consortium (LMC), a five-member collaboration of non-profits providing youth mentoring programs to the Greater Lawrence Area. MMP is a member of the group, and the other five non-profits run eight different mentoring programs. Their goal is simple: to promote mentoring in Lawrence and make more quality mentoring matches for the hundreds of local young people currently on waiting lists. LMC started because each of the Lawrence programs realized that although their respective... Read more
2010 February 3
Posted by Michael
As featured on the Talance Blog This is a guest post from some of our favorite clients: Lauren Dean, Manager of Communications & Public Awareness, and Allison Smith, Highland Street Ambassador of Mentoring, at Mass Mentoring Partnership. We asked Lauren what blogs she turns to regularly for help running her job at a major non-profit. Top 5 Blogs 1. Nonprofit Tech 2.0 Bookmark this on your favorites right now. Every non-profit interested in using social media or actively using it should be reading this blog that is dedicated to “helping nonprofit organizations utilize the Internet as a... Read more
2010 January 28
Posted by Michael
By Mass Mentoring VP and COO Sue Anne Endelman Early on in my tenure at Mass Mentoring Partnership, I remember reading the slogan: “Anyone Can Be a Mentor.” It seemed to be commonly accepted language in promotional materials designed to recruit new mentors. Looking back, I think the message was meant to dispel any notions that educational credentials, social class or financial resources were pre-requisites for becoming a mentor to a young person. But as we heard yesterday at Mass Mentoring Partnership’s annual Forum on Youth Mentoring, there are a fair amount of qualifiers that need to... Read more
2010 January 25
Posted by Michael
Last week, we lost a leader, a friend, a champion, and most of all, a mentor. Jim Connolly, Mass Mentoring’s Board Chair, passed away of a heart attack. For those of you who knew Jim, you know how fortunate we were to have him on this earth. For those who did not, I will do my best to give you a sense of Jim and the wonderful qualities he brought to this earth and our community. He will live vividly in our memories as we deal with this void while providing strength and support for his wife and two boys. Jim’s talent in the corporate world is undeniable but it was his everyday approach... Read more
2009 December 29
Posted by Michael
By Mass Mentoring Partnership CEO David Shapiro As we turn to the New Year, we focus on resiliency. We celebrate the resiliency of our youth and families as they seek out connections with mentors, and the unwavering strength of mentoring programs’ staff that, amidst funding cuts, hiring freezes, and furloughs, have re-doubled their commitment to delivering quality mentoring services. We also find continued inspiration in every mentoring match story, illustrating the power of human connection to expand opportunities and horizons for young people and their mentors. With the New Year and... Read more

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