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2014 December 10
Posted by Megan
Help support our Western Massachusetts Partner Level members that are participating in today’s Valley Gives event! This annual 24-hour fundraiser helps many worthwhile programs in the Pioneer Valley raise vital funds to continue their work. We’re proud to support these programs and urge you to donate as well before midnight tonight. Click on one of the links below and go directly to that program’s donation page. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Mass Mentoring Partnership will also make a donation to one of these partner programs today. Go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/massmentoring) and vote... Read more
2014 December 3
Posted by Megan
"Throughout the year, Mass Mentoring Partnership has had the pleasure to work with Michael Delman and Kelly Robinson from Beyond BookSmart, an executive functioning coaching service operating in Boston, Rhode Island, Chicago and New York City. Michael and Kelly have donated their time and expertise by providing free workshops to over 60 program staff and mentors from MMP’s partner program network. Nate Baum, Manager of Training and Technical Assistance, highlights some of the important information covered during Beyond BookSmart ... Read more
2014 October 31
Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships in Massachusetts, announced it is investing nearly $400,000 to support quality mentoring through two-year Mentoring Matching Grants and support services to 31 mentoring programs throughout the Commonwealth. The funding stems from Gov. Patrick’s FY15 budget through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The funding for this year will create and support 1,125 high-quality matches – 125 more than last year. Awarded funding is intended to help... Read more
2014 October 27
Posted by Megan
BOSTON – Felix G. Arroyo, Chief of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the City of Boston, has joined the Governing Board of Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts.  Arroyo has joined the board in October 2014, MMP announced today. “Felix has long demonstrated his commitment to working to secure a brighter future for Boston’s youth, and we are honored to have him join our board,” stated Mass Mentoring President & CEO Marty Martinez.  “... Read more
2014 October 27
Posted by Lauren
Mass Mentoring Partnership is helping the New England Patriots celebrate Mentoring Week as part of their Celebrate Volunteerism campaign during the week of Oct. 26- Nov. 1. Through this campaign, we are able to highlight three partner programs from around the state, including Hyde Square Task Force, Children's Friend and Family Services, and the SMILES Mentoring Program. Additionally, mentor Lee Snitzer from SMILES has been named "Patriots Difference Maker of the Week," and a Patriots player will visit dozens of lucky mentors and mentees with SMILES at Kuss... Read more
2014 October 22
Posted by Megan
Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts, has awarded the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Cod, the Multicultural Dropout Outreach Collaborative and EV (Earthen Vessels) with the fifth-annual James G. Connolly Tribute Fund award. Since 2010, the James G. Connolly Tribute Fund has awarded close to $90,000 to nine youth development organizations across the state and one individual mentee for her educational pursuits.The fund was established in January 2010 in memory of MMP’s Board Chair... Read more
2014 October 22
Posted by Megan
1. Tell us about your role and position at your agency. I am a case manager at BBBS of Hampshire County. At our small agency, case managers do everything from screening and interviewing Bigs and Littles to making the match and providing support throughout their friendship. I applied for our agency to participate in the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge Campaign because I saw the potential for great recruitment and visibility in our community. Those are two things we need very much.   2. Is there a story of a particular match that you are proud of? We are proud of all our matches! Of course,... Read more
2014 October 15
Posted by Megan
President & CEO Marty Martinez reflects on why he believes empowering youth-adult relationships are so important to the Latino community.  As Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close, I am struck by how much the future success of our country is tied to the success of our Latino youth. Just look at the numbers.  According to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), 70.3% of Hispanic high school graduates ages 16-25 were enrolled in college in 2012, compared to 65.7% for whites.  Add to this the facts that Hispanics have had the second... Read more
2014 October 2
Posted by Megan
  First Niagara Foundation Announces $50,000 Grant to Support Mass Mentoring Partnership Contribution is part of $1 million in mentoring grants announced in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut NEW HAVEN, CT – October 2, 2014 – First Niagara Foundation today announced a $50,000 contribution to Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a non-profitorganization that works to expand quality mentoring programs to children across Western Massachusetts. “We are excited to continue our partnership with First Niagara in our shared efforts to grow mentoring and the positive impact... Read more
2014 September 30
Posted by Megan
Tell us about your role and position at your agency? My name is Ivett Delgado and I am a Volunteer and Youth Engagement Recruiter with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts.  As a volunteer and youth engagement recruiter, I am lucky enough to go around Boston and Greater Boston to spread the word of the great work we do at Big Brothers Big Sisters. In my role, I get to share my passion as a mentor among other potential mentors and motivate them to become volunteers. It’s amazing!  On the other end of my role, I work with parents and youth serving agencies to refer boys to our... Read more

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