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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
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

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