Since our founding in 1992, there have been many individuals and organizations that have had a significant impact on Mass Mentoring Partnership. It’s through their commitment to our mission that we have been able to continue our work and strengthen communities through empowering youth-adult relationships. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary this year, we’ve selected 25 Mentors of Mass Mentoring Partnership to recognize for their contributions. We recognized them earlier this year at our gala celebration and we thank them for everything they’ve done to help us achieve so much throughout our history. Without them, we would not be the organization we are today. In the coming weeks, we will be highlighting these 25 mentors - here are five:
The Connolly Family
The late Jim Connolly served as a dedicated volunteer to MMP as Board Chair and corporate supporter while at Citizens Bank. His legacy now lives on through his family, Maureen, James, and Colin through the creation of the James G. Connolly Tribute Fund, which supports annual program awards to help close the mentoring gap. Their efforts and commitment to continue Jim’s legacy of volunteer leadership has made a big impact on MMP and its program partners each year since 2010.
David served as President and CEO of MMP from 2004 - 2011, providing innovative leadership that grew MMP’s services and impact across the state. Under his tenure MMP developed ground breaking services and programs, grew public investment in mentoring and expanded its reach to every corner of the Commonwealth. His commitment to mentoring and MMP is limitless and continues today in his role as the CEO of MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership. David helped shape MMP in every way and is truly one its most valuable mentors.
Duane served with MMP as a volunteer board member and thought leader for over 15 years and was involved in its early years helping to shape the organization’s goals, vision and impact. In addition to various efforts to expand the organization’s reach and impact in diverse communities, he helped guide the development of the Mentors of Color campaign and brought a critical voice to the organization's leadership. Duane made a lasting impact on MMP’s efforts through the years.
Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young (EY) has been a tireless advocate for MMP and mentoring through the leadership of George Neble and Nancy Altobello, leaving a valuable impact on Mass Mentoring. Their mentorship and guidance has helped shape MMP’s leadership for over 10 years. Through the company's commitment to mentoring with employee engagement and philanthropic support, EY has helped shape MMP into the organization it is today.
First Niagara Foundation in partnership with KeyBank
First Niagara Bank Foundation in partnership with KeyBank is MMP's largest funder in Western Massachusetts, helping to expand its impact in one of MMP’s targeted communities. Through the partnership, First Niagara Foundation/KeyBank has been instrumental in MMP growing program efforts in Springfield and Holyoke as well as contributing to the Leverage and Impact Fund that has granted program awards to eight different agencies in the region. Their support has been critical to MMP’s raised visibility in the region.
To view a full list of our 25 mentors, click here.