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2014 August 29
Posted by Rich
Since 2005, Mass Mentoring Partnership has teamed up with the Boston Red Sox for the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge (RSMC), an initiative designed to recruit more caring Massachusetts adults as mentors. In light of this year’s RSMC, we asked our participating programs to reflect on how the initiative has strengthened their program and recruitment efforts. Raymond Thibault, a mentor from South Boston T.E.A.M., shares his experience. Hello Mass Mentoring Partnership readers! My name is Raymond Thibault, I am a Polymer Scientist working for NuLabel Technologies in East Providence, RI.... Read more
2014 August 22
Posted by Rich
Mass Mentoring Partnership is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation to strengthen mentoring programs and youth development agencies serving the North Shore and Cape Cod. Through the grant, MMP will partner with over 35 mentoring programs, youth development organizations, schools, and colleges on the North Shore and Cape Cod to provide targeted training, technical assistance and partnership development. The grant will allow MMP to support formal mentoring programs that currently serve over 1,200 youth on the North Shore and Cape Cod... Read more
2014 May 29
Posted by Rich
Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a statewide organization fueling the movement to expand quality mentoring for youth to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts, will honor Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse with a Champions of Mentoring award at the 10th Anniversary of Champions of Mentoring breakfast at Fenway Park on May 29. Mayor Morse was chosen for his work going above and beyond to strengthen the community of Holyoke through quality mentoring, including: Becoming MMP’s first Mayor for Mentoring, a campaign to engage mayors from around Massachusetts in raising awareness of the need... Read more
2014 May 5
Posted by Ariel
Thanks to the John Hancock 2014 Non-Profit Marathon Program, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) was presented with an amazing opportunity to once again participate in the B.A.A. Boston Marathon® on April 21, 2014. We also have a cohort of dedicated and resilient runners who ran for Team MMP in 2013 and are returning to run in 2014 and help fuel the mentoring movement in Massachusetts. We want you to meet our amazing runners. Let’s go Team MMP! Runner: Helen Bohnenberger  Hometown: Falmouth, MA Occupation: Registered nurse at Cape Cod Hospital Mugar 4 If your life were a movie, what would... Read more
2014 May 5
Posted by Ariel
In honor of National Volunteer Month (April), we asked Sandy Ho, a Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring from 2009-10 to share her thoughts on her year of service. Sandy was most recently the program coordinator for the Thrive Mentoring program at Easter Seals Massachusetts. During my 2009-2010 year of AmeriCorps service at Roxbury Community College (RCC), I created a mentoring program that served first-generation community college students, called Mentoring for Success. Among my many memorable moments are meeting students looking for guidance for personal and academic success.... Read more
2014 April 23
Posted by Michael
By Dyana Collins, Highland Street Corps Ambassador of Mentoring at the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club and Mass Mentoring Partnership E-mentoring is a type of mentoring style where mentors and mentees communicate mostly or exclusively by email, social media, instant messaging, or other sorts of online communications. It has a reputation of being more accessible, with statistics showing a higher retention and recruitment rate for matches. Many mentors and mentees have access to the internet from their school, home, office or local library, making it useful for those with different abilities... Read more
2014 April 3
Posted by Michael
In honor of National Volunteer Month (April), we asked Sandy Ho, a Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring from 2009-10 to share her thoughts on her year of service. Sandy was most recently the program coordinator for the Thrive Mentoring program at Easter Seals Massachusetts [caption id="1558" align="alignright" width="300"] Sandy, bottom right. Image courtesy of Easter Seals[/caption] During my 2009-2010 year of AmeriCorps service at Roxbury Community College (RCC), I created a mentoring program that served first-generation community college students, called Mentoring for Success... Read more
2014 March 19
Posted by Rich
Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM) is a technique used by mentoring programs where youth recruit their own mentors from their personal networks rather than have a mentor assigned through the agency. Mentoring programs can utilize this approach by inviting their mentees to explore mentor options beyond the mentoring site. Mentees can suggest people from their own social networks (such as coaches, teachers, family, friends, etc.) to become their mentors, and form close relationships with people with whom they already have an interpersonal connection. The program would then connect with the mentor... Read more
2014 March 17
Posted by Ariel
By Nate Baum, manager of training and technical assistance Mass Mentoring’s training and technical assistance team is excited to close out March with our two-day intensive Building a Quality Mentoring Program workshop on March 26 and March 27. Now, you may say to yourself, “hold on, two days! I don’t know if I can devote that much time to this.” That is an understandable sentiment considering how busy we all are at our organizations. What I’ll say is that the two days you spend at this training might more than pay for itself in time saved later on when you can more confidently operate your... Read more
2014 March 14
Posted by Rich
By MMP Director of Marketing & Public Awareness Rich Greif Raising the profile of a nonprofit’s CEO and senior leaders is vital to strengthening an organization’s brand and positioning its expertise in a range of social issues. Slowly but surely, nonprofit leaders are going beyond traditional methods like public speaking and media opportunities and engaging their current and potential stakeholders through social media, blogging, videos, online chats, op-eds and other tools. Complementing your organization’s communications efforts with targeted outreach by senior leaders adds a human voice... Read more

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