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 grow or improve programming, and improve attitude towards school by the mentees. It is unique in its use of private-sector support, as grantees are required to match, dollar-for-dollar, the total amount awarded with cash or in-kind resources.
For the first time, the grant is being awarded through a two-year grant cycle to enable programs to develop two-year programmatic plans that support growth, innovation and sustainability.
“We are grateful to invest in more matches with this funding this year,” MMP President and CEO Marty Martinez said. “With the change to a two-year grant cycle, we’re also helping programs be more strategic in their approach to supporting young people and their communities.”
The investment in the 31 programs will not only create new mentoring relationships but support existing ones, leading to improved mentee grades, attendance and attitude towards school, which in turn leads to increased graduation rates, and a better-prepared, more skilled sect of entry-level workers.
Funded programs are awarded through a competitive RFP process and community review administered by MMP, and receive training, technical support, and mentor recruitment assistance from MMP.
The programs receiving funding for the 2014-16 grant period are:
- Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring – Greater Boston
- African Community Education - Worcester
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lowell
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay – Cape Cod
- Big Friends Little Friends Fall River
- Big Friends Little Friends Merrimack Valley
- Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
- Boston Partners in Education
- Brockton Christian Mentoring Initiative
- Catholic Charities – South Boston T.E.A.M.
- Child Care of the Berkshires
- Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
- EV (Earthen Vessels) – Greater Boston
- Falmouth Volunteers in Public Schools
- Generations Incorporated – Greater Boston
- Girls, Inc. of Lynn
- Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters
- John Andrew Mazie Memorial Foundation – Framingham/Waltham
- LUK, Inc. – Fitchburg
- Melrose Alliance Against Violence
- Old Colony YMCA - Brockton
- Partners for Youth with Disabilities – Greater Boston
- Quincy Asian Resources Incorporated
- Railroad Street Youth Project – Great Barrington
- SMILES – Fall River and New Bedford
- Springfield School Volunteers
- Taunton Area School to Career