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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
2015 February 11
Posted by Michael
First Niagara Bank is pleased to announce they have received the “Ignite Award” from Boston-based Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) in recognition of the bank’s commitment to youth mentoring. Mass Mentoring Partnership is a non-profit organization that works to expand quality mentoring relationships to young people across Western Massachusetts. The Ignite Award is presented annually to a company or organization that displays excellence and innovation in their efforts to support youth mentoring. The Ignite Award was given to First Niagara at MMP’s annual Corporate Mentoring Summit in January. “... Read more
2015 February 5
Posted by Michael
After visiting Mexico on a service trip in high school, Mason Bourdeau, a lifelong resident of Lynn, knew he wanted to make a difference in the community. “I had always been aware of Big Brothers Big Sisters,” Mason explained. “Becoming a Big Brother seemed like the best way to give back directly to my community.” Now, as a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Mason spends each Sunday mentoring Josh (9), who currently lives with his grandmother in Lynn. As a social worker, Josh’s grandmother was familiar with the benefits of the program. She was so... Read more
2015 February 5
Posted by Michael
Yanializ was 7 years old when her mother signed her up for the Big Sister program.  Yanializ lives in Lynn and had watched her older sister’s relationship with her own Big Sister Association mentor over the years and wanted to have a special adult in her life as well.  She said that she was bored at home on the weekends and wanted someone happy to spend time with. Andrea lives in Lynn and first looked into mentoring through Big Sister Association in the spring of 2010. Andrea reflected on her own experiences, thinking about mentors that she could have used throughout her... Read more
2015 February 2
Posted by Michael
The following was published in the January 30, 2015 edition of the Boston Business Journal. By Martin J. Walsh and Bob Gallery As we enter 2015, there are many reasons to be excited about Boston's future. We're making real strides in education, innovation and economic growth, to name just a few areas. But our continued success as a community is inextricably linked to the development of Boston's youth. Too many young people in our city lack caring adults in their lives, depriving them of a support system that's critically important to their future success. That has long-term impacts on their... Read more
2015 January 21
Posted by Michael
For almost a decade, Mass Mentoring Partnership has organized Youth Mentoring Day at the State House to celebrate the mentoring field and honor supporters from across the Commonwealth. On Thursday, January 22, youth mentoring organization staff, mentors, mentees, advocates and legislators are once again convening at the State House to speak about the Power of Relationships between young people and caring adults.  When MMP and the Massachusetts Service Alliance initially conceived of this event, they wanted to show how mentoring can benefit Massachusetts youth, celebrate successful... Read more
2015 January 20
Posted by Michael
In honor of National Mentoring Month, we asked Massachusetts State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry to share her thoughts on mentoring and the effect that it has had on her life. January is National Mentoring Month and I encourage you to consider becoming a mentor in the New Year. I know from my own experiences the role that a caring adult can play in a young person’s life. Growing up in Boston, my parents were my very first mentors. They worked extremely hard to provide opportunities for my siblings and I, as they also helped other families. My parents mentored many families on becoming citizens... Read more
2015 January 16
Posted by Michael
Mass Mentoring Partnership is excited to join with the city of Boston and the Mayor's Mentoring Movement! Mayor Walsh's initiative seeks to recruit at least 1,000 new mentors and caring adults over the next two years, with at least 10% of those being City of Boston employees. Mass Mentoring Partnership is joining with the Mayor's office to help match these volunteer mentors with our program partners in Boston.  We have a new webpage on our site devoted to the Mayor's Mentoring Movement. Check it out here or by going to www.bostonmentors.org. It's a great place to learn more... Read more

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