Blog

2015 June 1
Posted by Michael
Time once again for our Starting Lineup series: a look at the mentors and mentees who will appear on the field during Mentoring Night at Fenway.  Today we meet Tiago and Trent, who have been matched with Khalid of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Child & Family Services in New Bedford.  Tiago, Trent, and Khalid will throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park tomorrow night!  Khalid first met Tiago and Trent in the spring of 2013, when he was a therapeutic mentor.  Together, they worked on how Tiago and Trent dealt with some of the setbacks in their lives.  The dynamic... Read more
2015 May 29
Posted by Michael
Our Starting Lineup series continues with an introduction to Jay and David, who will be calling out “play ball!” at the start of our Mentoring Night at Fenway on Tuesday, June 2nd.  This match represents Big Brothers Big Sisters of Child and Family Services of New Bedford. David’s mother signed him up to be matched with a mentor so that he could have a positive male role model in his life.  David (shown at right) and Jay were matched seven years ago, and their relationship has been going strong ever since.  “It hasn’t always been easy,” Jay notes, “but he has grown up to be a... Read more
2015 May 29
Posted by Michael
Time for another profile of our Starting Lineup – the matches who will appear on the field during our Mentoring Night at Fenway on June 2nd!  Representing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, mentee Paul and mentor Nick will yell “play ball!” at the start of the game.  Paul is a bright and energetic 9 year old who was recently adopted from foster care. Paul has experienced some hardship in his life, and he has struggled in school as a result. His mother, Beth, realized after she adopted him that she didn’t have a strong male role model for Paul.  Enter Nick, a 28-year-... Read more
2015 May 27
Posted by Michael
Our annual Mentoring Night at Fenway is coming up June 2nd at Fenway Park. We’re thrilled to bring you another profile to spotlight the matches who will be appearing on the field for pre-game activities.  Today’s match is mentor Liz and mentee Beatrice, who will throw out the first pitch with other matches.  This match will represent Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center (MCA), a private, tuition-free school for girls in Boston. Liz and Beatrice are a natural mentoring pair who transitioned into formal mentoring.  They first met six years ago, when Beatrice was in Liz’s... Read more
2015 May 22
Posted by Michael
Our annual Mentoring Night at Fenway Park will take place on June 2! At the game, we’ll be joined by nearly 1,000 mentor and mentee matches.  As the game approaches, we’re looking forward to introducing you to our starting lineup…mentors and mentees who have been selected to participate in pre-game activities. First up are Tyler Rogers and Michael Eckmann, who were paired through Children’s Friend and Family Services (Children’s Friend) Youth Mentoring Program. They will serve as honorary bat boys at the game! Michael, 11, had lacked a consistent positive male role model in his life.... Read more
2015 May 12
Posted by Megan
An Act Relative to Dropout Prevention and Recovery and An Act Enhancing the Educational Outcomes of Expectant and Parenting Students. May 12, 2015 Thank you, members of the Joint Committee on Education, for allowing me the opportunity to testify before you today. My name is Elena Sokolow-Kaufman and I am the Senior Manager of Government Relations and Field Resources at Mass Mentoring Partnership. Based in Boston, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) has been fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts since 1992. I am... Read more
2015 April 30
Posted by Michael
Michelle Drolsbaugh has been volunteering her time as a mentor in Raw Art Works (RAW) Project Launch program for the past three years.  She has had the experience and knowledge of guiding three young women (all first generation college students) through the often confusing college application process. RAW staffers say that Michelle has been one of the most inspiring, caring, supportive, and emotionally intelligent mentors they have worked with. In her first year, Michelle assisted her mentee in the application, interview and nomination processes to apply for and win the Posse Scholarship... Read more
2015 April 13
Posted by Michael
Recently the White House released the one year progress report on the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Initiative, a call to action for the entire nation to come together and tear down the persistent barriers of inequality that our young men of color face. The report details major initiatives that companies, philanthropies, agencies, municipalities and individuals have developed in answering President Obama’s entreaty. Here in Boston, the President’s call was answered by Mayor Marty Walsh. The Mayor has launched a city wide movement surrounding My Brother’s Keeper. One of Mayor Walsh’s efforts... Read more
2015 March 25
Posted by Michael
You may have seen today’s article in the Boston Globe headlined “Corporate Volunteers Can Be A Burden For Nonprofits.” For us in the mentoring and youth development world, the article misses a critical point: without corporate volunteers willing to give their time and energy, we would not be able to serve thousands of youth in need of caring adults. Far from being a “burden,” their support is the lifeblood of the work that we do. In fact, many mentoring programs would not be able to operate at all without the willingness of corporations to allow their employees to serve. Our 2014 Mass... Read more
2015 March 2
Posted by Michael
President and CEO Marty Martinez writes about the need for diversity throughout the mentoring movement.  As we celebrate and raise awareness of Black History Month, it is important for the mentoring movement to take stock of our efforts to be inclusive and accessible to all communities.  As practitioners, we hear time and time again that mentoring programs and youth development organizations need more volunteer mentors of color. Right next to needing more money to operate effectively, programs speak most of their need to diversify their pool of mentors and to ensure that more caring... Read more

Pages