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2014 September 29
Posted by Megan
-Tell us about your role and position at your agency? My role at Children’s Friend and Family Services is as Director of the Youth Mentoring program. With four offices out of Salem, Gloucester, Lynn and Lawrence, we cover a lot of ground with nearly 50 matches! I work with volunteers, schools, and local community organizations to make sure our matches have many local opportunities for learning, fun, and community membership.  Children’s Friend and Family Services is 177 years old, so we have a real legacy to maintain and the youth mentoring program is a part of that!   -What’s your... Read more
2014 September 26
Posted by Megan
What’s your favorite part of your job? Oh, this is an easy one! By far, the favorite part of my job is when I can drive away from a match meeting or a one-year meeting and go, "Now that is one awesome match." Our mentors give so much of their time and energy to our kids, and it's a true honor to be able to witness that love and dedication first hand. You can see the difference in the kids year after year. The child that I originally interviewed to enroll them in the program is so different from the child that I meet after they've been matched with a mentor for a year. I consider myself lucky... Read more
2014 September 5
Posted by Ariel
  With the Massachusetts general election occurring Tuesday, Nov. 4, we at Mass Mentoring wanted to make sure that the next leader of our state knows how mentoring and empowering relationships for youth can strengthen communities. To that end, we reached out to each of the candidates for Governor and asked them to give their thoughts on mentoring. We've posted the responses we received below. Regardless of who wins, we will continue our work of educating our public officials on the power of youth-adult relationships to change lives and strengthen... Read more
2014 September 4
Posted by Michael
Throughout the year, Mass Mentoring Partnership has had the pleasure to work with Michael Delman and Kelly Robinson from Thinking Outside the Classroom (soon to be Booksmart and Beyond), an executive functioning coaching service operating in Boston, Rhode Island, and soon, Chicago. 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 Thinking Outside the Classroom trainings!... Read more
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

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